SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt has resigned from Apple Inc.'s board because of the companies' conflicting interests as competition between the one-time allies heats up.
The split announced Monday comes just a few weeks after Google unveiled plans for a personal computer operating system that could siphon sales from Apple's Mac line and just a few days after the Federal Communications Commission contacted the companies about Apple's decision to block a Google application from its popular iPhones.
Regulators from the Federal Trade Commission had already been looking into whether Schmidt's dual role on the boards of Google and Apple would make it easier for the technology trailblazers to collude in ways that would diminish competition.
Thorny questions about corporate governance could remain, even though Apple and Schmidt mutually agreed to sever their ties. That's because another Google director, Genentech Inc. Chairman Arthur Levinson, remains on Apple's board.