The New York Times has a lengthy article laying out the history of the relationship between Apple and Google, which started close but has now developed schisms due to the huge differences in corporate approaches and increasingly competitive products. Apple prefers proprietary systems and tight control over high margin products, whereas Google's goal is to increase Web usage (and thus ad revenue) via free services and open source software. It's the iPhone OS versus Android, Mac OS X versus Chrome OS, Safari versus Chrome, and Apple's Quattro acquisition versus Google's AdMob buy. All that, and the competition between the companies is just starting to heat up. follow link
Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations
You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.
- ExtraBITS for 15 March 2010 (14 Mar 10)
New York Times Examines the Apple/Google Rift
As for increased open standard web usage, that benefits Apple as well as Google. As the web becomes a primary platform, Windows lock-in diminishes and the potential growth of all Apple platforms increases.
Apple may benefit some from increased Web usage, but you don't see Apple doing anything to encourage it (as Google does with all its free services). Apple wants to sell hardware, and everything it does revolves around making Macs, iPhones, and iPods more attractive.