“With Google Chairman Eric Schmidt sitting on Apple Computer’s board of directors, people have been expecting the two companies to do some kind of deal that will combine the best of both companies’ technologies,” W. David Gardner writes for TechWeb.
“That may happen next week when Apple’s Steve Jobs takes the stage at Macworld in San Francisco on Tuesday. Jobs is expected to reveal more about the video playing device he tentatively has called the iTV,” Gardner writes.
Gardner writes, “Google watcher Steve Arnold says Jobs is likely to announce that Apple will use Google’s video search capability. ‘Apple needs to cut a deal with someone to find and distribute videos,’ said Arnold, who is managing director of information technology consultancy Arnold IT. ‘There’s this huge Internet video flood that’s been unleashed. But you can’t find anything.'”
“The first hint may come on Monday when Disney chief executive Robert Iger gives a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which may set up Jobs’ Macworld presentation. It’s a foregone conclusion that Iger will unveil Disney’s upgraded Web site along with links to Apple technology. Jobs is Disney’s largest investor thanks to Disney’s acquisition of his Pixar Animation Studios,” Gardner writes.
Gardner writes, “Apple introduced the iTV last September along with a deal with Disney that enables users to purchase Disney movies from Apple’s iTunes Store. While the service has been widely hailed as visionary, it’s still painfully slow. This is where Google comes in, according to Arnold, who believes Apple will tap onto Google’s powerful IT and network infrastructure sooner or later to deliver content.”
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