MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif: The global cyber industry continues to forge anti-Microsoft alliances, the latest being Apple Computer's appointment of Google ceo Eric Schmidt to its board.

Says Apple co-founder/ceo Steve Jobs: "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." Thereby proving that even yo-dude business honchos are not above a conventional platitude or two.

Schmidt, former chairman and chief executive at business software group Novell before his current stint at the Mountain View campus, becomes the third Apple director with close connections to Google.

He will sit in the Google boardroom alongside Genentech chairman/ceo Arthur Levinson, and former US vice-president Al Gore who 'advises' the search engine on matters unknown.

Data sourced from Financial Times Online; additional content by WARC staff