Google/Apple board of directors probe to continue

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Despite Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, announcing that he plans to resign from the board of Apple, possibly after both Google and Apple are now starting to compete in areas that are similar to both – like browsers and operating systems, the US Federal Trade Commission has announced that they will continue with their probe into the two companies.

The probe relates to the issue of Google and Apple being interlocked via Schmidt while both companies increasingly became competitive over the last few years.

“We have been investigating the Google/Apple interlocking directorates issue for some time and commend them for recognizing that sharing directors raises competitive issues, as Google and Apple increasingly compete with each other,” Bureau of Competition Director Richard Feinstein said in a statement.

But while the FTC patted the two for cutting some ties, it may still not be enough to satisfy the regulator – as The Register points out that ex-Genetech CEO Arthur Levinson still has a place on the board of directors in both of the companies.

“We will continue to investigate remaining interlocking directorates between the companies,” Feinstein continued.

The relationship between Google and Apple, however, has became a bit strained in the past few weeks after Apple rejected its Google Voice application, reportedly because it acts in the same way as the phone functions on the iPhone. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is investigating the matter, asking Google, Apple and the iPhone carrier in the US, AT&T, for details.

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