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  • Google, Apple Growing Apart Even From Within

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    Google and Apple are hacking away at any ties that bind.

    This morning the Inquirer (along with scores of other media outlets) is reporting that Arthur D. Levinson, the former head honcho at Genentech, is leaving Google’s board.

    Genentech chairman Arthur Levinson joined the boards of Apple in 2000 and Google in 2004 and his double responsibilities are thought to be the reason why the Federal Trade Commission has continued to investigate links between the two companies.
    Leading up to Levinson's resignation, the FCC implied that it was fully prepared to strongarm both companies into severing their board ties, even through legal means if necessary.

    In August, the FTC commended the decision by Google chief executive Eric Schmidt to step down from the Apple board, after expressing concerns that shared directors between the two firms raise competitive issues, as Google and Apple increasingly compete with each other.
    Although the FCC is thrilled with Levinson's decision as the regulatory body remains borderline obsessed with the potential evils of "overlapping board members," does the FCC not recognize that it would be somewhat difficult for antitrust issues to develop when both Apple and Google have anything but a buddy-buddy relationship conducive to teamwork.

    The public soap opera, for example, rages on as Google continues accusing Apple of rejecting the Google Voice app for the iPhone. Although Apple maintains that the app is still "under review," the controversial tug of war between Apple and Google similarly drew attention from the Federal Communications Commission.

    Am I the only one who is having a difficult time seeing what the FCC would define as a happy middle ground here? Does the FCC want Apple to work with Google or not? The mixed signals are enough to make your head spin.

    Regulators and board positions aside, there is bad blood between Google and Apple. That much is clear. Where the suspicions of collusion and fears of antitrust originate is confusing to some - myself included.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google, Apple Growing Apart Even From Within started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. iphone4idiots's Avatar
      iphone4idiots -
      Of course they are growing apart. Google is going after Apple with Android. Apple wants to get rid of Google Maps and bring it in-house. The head butting will only get worse IMO. Hopefully, the competition is a good thing.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      So no YouTube or Maps app?
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      I think it will get worse as well. And i'm also not surprised that they are growing apart. Why would competitors work with each other anyway? A lot of people have been crying because they're not going to get all those google apps anymore and that it's going to hurt Apple and i doubt that. Apple wants to maintain individuality and whatever they bring to the iPhone wont be anything short of greatness. Those that doudbt it should probably move on to Android.

      Quote Originally Posted by A.T View Post
      So no YouTube or Maps app?
      I'm sure the maps will be gone but not sure of the youtube app.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      I think it will get worse as well. And i'm also not surprised that they are growing apart. Why would competitors work with each other anyway? A lot of people have been crying because they're not going to get all those google apps anymore and that it's going to hurt Apple and i doubt that. Apple wants to maintain individuality and whatever they bring to the iPhone wont be anything short of greatness. Those that doudbt it should probably move on to Android.



      I'm sure the maps will be gone but not sure of the youtube app.
      Like the gap in Aizen's and the Espada's power?

      On a serious note... I agree that building something to compete with Google Maps from scratch now is extremely unlikely.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      this is gonna get good...
    1. qgshadow's Avatar
      qgshadow -
      google maps is way better than the apple alternative, im pretty sure.

      Live Traffic.... Google Street View.... Most Up To Date Maps... Satellite View... Google Got their own Satellite.... So *** if they remove Google maps
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      Like the gap in Aizen's and the Espada's power?

      On a serious note... I agree that building something to compete with Google Maps from scratch now is extremely unlikely.
      LMAO!Yes exacta!

      Quote Originally Posted by qgshadow View Post
      google maps is way better than the apple alternative, im pretty sure.

      Live Traffic.... Google Street View.... Most Up To Date Maps... Satellite View... Google Got their own Satellite.... So *** if they remove Google maps
      The company that apple bought i think offers the same attributes.. so you can't be sure until it comes out or if it does at all...
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      Seems like Apple is taking on all comers . First they dont want Flash , now Google . Who's next ? People are going to start taking a closer look at the competition as Apple continues to shoot themselves in the foot .IMO .
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      competition is what makes america
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      This is bad for the customers.
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      confusing some...
      i dont really get it eiter
    1. maxul's Avatar
      maxul -
      i love apple but google is a HUGE powerhouse and had money to throw around plus all the software they already have.
    1. RWong99's Avatar
      RWong99 -
      Still so far apple's UI team is pretty rockin' If Google techs could peel themselves away from the keyboard and rethink how we interface perhaps they'd get an edge. (c) (tm) (r)
    1. tknapp2's Avatar
      tknapp2 -
      Apple needs to drop the real enemy....At&t...
    1. GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL's Avatar
      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL -
      Google maps is far better for me than any of the true Navi apps, less ram usage (3G) and overall space (8GB). That and it doesn't take any time to start, and it's pretty quick with everything. I would die without Google Maps.