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10-13-2009, 05:28 AM #1
Google, Apple Growing Apart Even From Within
Image via Gabe's Guide
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.
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.
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.
Last edited by Michael Essany; 10-13-2009 at 05:36 AM.
10-13-2009, 06:00 AM #2
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.I thought my carrier was bad til I got a new web host
10-13-2009, 06:45 AM #3
10-13-2009, 07:15 AM #4
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.
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10-13-2009, 07:23 AM #5
10-13-2009, 07:38 AM #6
this is gonna get good...This is getting a lil' ridiculous...
10-13-2009, 08:57 AM #7
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
10-13-2009, 09:14 AM #8
10-13-2009, 09:17 AM #9
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 .
10-13-2009, 10:22 AM #10
competition is what makes americaComputers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
- Popular Mechanics, 1949
10-13-2009, 10:45 AM #11
This is bad for the customers.
10-13-2009, 01:05 PM #12
i dont really get it eiter
10-13-2009, 10:01 PM #13
i love apple but google is a HUGE powerhouse and had money to throw around plus all the software they already have.
10-14-2009, 10:55 AM #14
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)Yeep! It's rwong! Run while you can.
10-14-2009, 01:52 PM #15
Apple needs to drop the real enemy....At&t...
10-14-2009, 02:03 PM #16
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.