“Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said he will talk to Apple Inc. about how his role on its board might change after Google’s move to launch a new operating system,” Yinka Adegoke and Gabriel Madway report for Reuters.

“Earlier this week, Google announced it was developing software for personal computers based on its Chrome Web browser, which would compete with Microsoft Corp’s Windows as well as Apple’s OS X platform,” Adegoke and Madway report.

“Because it would compete with Apple’s own software, Schmidt said he would talk to the Mac computer maker about whether he should recuse himself from Apple’s board,” Adegoke and Madway report. “Under federal antitrust law, a person is not allowed to sit on the board of two companies if it decreases competition between them. ‘I’ll talk to the Apple people. At the moment, there’s no change,’ Schmidt said.”

“The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is looking into whether ties between the boards of Apple and Google violate antitrust laws,” Adegoke and Madway report. “Schmidt began recusing himself from Apple board meetings where the iPhone was discussed after Google launched its own Android mobile phone operating system.”

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Michael Liedtke reports for The Associated Press, “Schmidt doesn’t see a conflict. He said he doesn’t intend to recuse himself from Apple board discussions about computer operating systems like he does when the directors talk about Apple’s iPhone. Google also makes a mobile operating system called Android.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Schmidt should have been gone the day Android was announced. If Schmidt and Apple fail to do the right thing and Schmidt remains on the next ballot for Apple’s board, shareholders should vote against Eric Schmidt.