Apple board meeting next week to discuss empty seat

As of late, the search giant Google has announced a number of products that directly compete with some of the equivalents that the company Apple offers. The Android smartphone is a competitor to Apple's iPhone, the Chrome browser competes with Safari, and the recent announcement of Chrome OS would put a new rival in the same market as Apple's OS X. Competition is, of course, a very good thing (particularly for consumers), but what happens if the CEO for one company is on the board of directors of the other? That's what the legal authorities wanted to know, and recently Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, stepped down from his place on the aforementioned board, leaving an empty space. This isn't ideal for a company, so now Apple's directors will get together and discuss the situation, in a meeting which normally wouldn't happen as they usually meet about four times a year.

Officially, this hasn't fully been confirmed; it was revealed in a Wall Street Journal with the usual 'source', but it makes a lot of sense. Currently, the board of directors is seven strong, including Apple's CEO Steve Jobs, and former Vice President Al Gore. The Cupertino-based company tends to keep board numbers between seven and eight, though it can be anywhere from five to nine if desired. The company has been criticized for its strong dependance on Jobs, with David Nadler (who is a corporate governance specialist with Oliver Wyman Consulting) saying, "The biggest danger is that the board will be unable to truly take the perspective of the shareholder and will feel beholden to the CEO or unwilling to confront the CEO."

Some people (and websites, such as AppleInsider) expect that the replacement will be Apple's COO Tim Cook, who plays a huge role in the operations of the company. He took over the helm when Jobs took a brief stint away from the company due to health complications, so he would make a fine member of the board. Either way, there's bound to be an announcement soon, providing the rumor is true.

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His ego's bought some amazing products to market, and bought Apple out of the pits and into huge success. If anyone deserves room to let their ego 'free', it's Steve Jobs.

Chicane-UK said,
His ego's bought some amazing products to market, and bought Apple out of the pits and into huge success. If anyone deserves room to let their ego 'free', it's Steve Jobs.

Who needs a search&research section where you have a boss with a huge ego?

Recon415 said,
I have a bad feeling Google's eventually going to overtake Microsoft and Apple.

Unlikely Google's Chrome OS's success will be very very limited, Linux tried to take the netbook market and Microsoft used something 8 years old to beat it. Chrome OS will probably share the same fate.

thealexweb said,
Unlikely Google's Chrome OS's success will be very very limited, Linux tried to take the netbook market and Microsoft used something 8 years old to beat it. Chrome OS will probably share the same fate.


+1

thealexweb said,
Unlikely Google's Chrome OS's success will be very very limited, Linux tried to take the netbook market and Microsoft used something 8 years old to beat it. Chrome OS will probably share the same fate.

Chrome OS and much of this whole OS-independent "cloud" thing companies are betting on depends solely on whether people will be willing to use online apps and services in place of desktop apps and private servers. I think for *some* things they will; irrelevant things like social networking, gaming, and sharing illegal material, but they're not going to trust their important stuff to online services, and businesses sure aren't going to. Nor would most people be willing to use pay-per-use or leased software in place of software they can buy and own.

Why would someone use a crippled version of Photoshop online if they can use a free app on their desktop like GIMP? And those online office apps... Zoho's had a full suite of them for years now and it hasn't been going anywhere. Maybe because OpenOffice is better?

See, that's the catch, there's still open source, low cost shareware, and piracy. Subscription-based online office suites and graphics editors don't offer a better value.

Recon415 said,
I have a bad feeling Google's eventually going to overtake Microsoft and Apple.


You are so so mis informed.. all these tech forums, you got to understand base the majority of their statistics on the North American, European Market.

Go back to the middle east, asia, africa south asia, and even australia.. google's other programs are not even taken notice of.. its only search.. google in now way is gonna dominate.. and another thing.. net book idea only works in the european and north american segments.. so.. never will google be as dominating as they wish to be...