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Monday, January 14, 2008

Google’s Eric Schmidt Won’t Talk About The iPhone At Apple Board Meetings

Google’s Eric Schmidt Won’t Talk About The iPhone At Apple Board Meetings
Excerpt:
"One is the startling fact that because of Google’s increasing interest in the mobile phone industry (it is bidding for wireless spectrum and has created Android, a new open-source, mobile operating system), CEO Eric Schmidt, who also sits on Apple’s board of directors:

. . . now recuses himself from mobile-phone discussions at Apple board meetings.

Excuse me? I guess that’s commendable. Schmidt knows he has a conflict of interest there. But what good is a board member who cannot talk about a company’s hottest product? The iPhone only represents Apple’s biggest growth opportunity. If Schmidt won’t talk about the iPhone in board meetings with Steve Jobs because he’s gunning for the same market with Android, maybe he shouldn’t be on Apple’s board at all."

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