Apple Computer elected Google chief executive officer Eric Schmidt to its board of directors in a possible harbinger of an alliance between the technology titans.
"Eric is obviously doing a terrific job as CEO of Google, and we look forward to his contributions as a member of Apples board of directors," Apple co-founder and chief executive officer Steve Jobs said in a release on Tuesday.
"Like Apple, Google is very focused on innovation and we think Eric's insights and experience will be very valuable in helping to guide Apple in the years ahead."
Schmidt has been Google's chief executive since July of 2001 and became chairman of the Internet juggernaut board's executive committee in 2004. Google board members include the company's founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.