Schmidt finally ends conflict of interest. War now starts in earnest.


The resignation of Google’s Eric Schmidt as a director of Apple’s board has failed to halt a government inquiry into possible antitrust violations.

Mr Schmidt stepped down because the search giant’s business increasingly competes with Apple’s.

The Google CEO recused himself when Apple’s board discussed the iPhone.

In a statement the Federal Trades Commission said “we will continue to investigate remaining interlocking directorates between the companies”.

And the NYT reminds us that Google and Apple still have one other Board member in common — Arthur Levinson, the chairman of Genentech.

So now instead of having Google+Apple vs. Microsoft we will have Google vs. Apple vs. Microsoft+Yahoo.

There ought to be a board game in this somewhere.