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Al Gore joins Apple's board

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Apple Computer on Wednesday named former Vice President Al Gore to its board of directors.

In a statement, CEO Steve Jobs noted that Gore is an avid Mac user who edits his own videos using Final Cut Pro. Gore was chosen as a director at a meeting of Apple's board earlier Wednesday. "Al brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and wisdom to Apple from having helped run the largest organization in the world--the United States government," Jobs said. "Al is going to be a terrific director and we're excited and honored that he has chosen Apple as his first private sector board to serve on."

In a statement, Gore praised Jobs for rebuilding Apple.

"Steve and his team have done an incredible job in making Apple once again the very best in the world," Gore said. "I have been particularly impressed with the new Mac OS X operating system and the company's commitment to the open-source movement. And I am especially looking forward to working with and learning from the great board members who have guided this legendary company's inspiring resurgence." Since losing his bid to become president, Gore has been a senior adviser to Google. He also is a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles; Fisk University; and Middle Tennessee State University.

The former veep is a noted champion of technology who helped popularize the term "information superhighway." However, he also earned the scorn of the tech community for once saying that he "took the initiative in creating the Internet."

News source: C|net

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