Originally Posted by SockRolid
I hope Schmidt is proud of the excellent corporate espionage he did on behalf of Google.
I'm sure he would have wanted to stay on Apple's board longer if he hadn't been shut out of all iPad discussions.
Once he got fingered for stealing iPhone ideas, he was taken out of the loop.
Do you know how an NDA works? Or how companies handle having board members with potential competitors? Clearly you don't. An NDA isn't a "pinky swear," it's a document that can carry serious repercussions if broken.
If Apple's board was discussing something that could give a competitive advantage to Google, Eric had to step out. (he said when he first left, and Apple agreed, that he was stepping out of too many meetings to be of use, which isn't surprising considering the weight apple is putting on iDevices)
If he DIDN'T step out and used his position to help Google, he would violate the NDA, and these things have some pretty strict terms to them. Yet, Apple NEVER brought charges against him. If they had something they would, because it would be a HUGE boon for their war against android.