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Apple, Google CEOs discuss patent issues; peace possible?

August 30, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address at the Apple 2012 World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address at the Apple 2012 World Wide… (Justin Sullivan / Getty…)

Apple and Google may hold off going "thermonuclear" on each other after their chief executives spoke over the phone about their patent dispute.

Apple's Tim Cook and Google's Larry Page spoke last week and are expected to talk more soon regarding patent issues between the two tech giants, according to a Bloomberg report Thursday that cites "a person with knowledge of the talks."

News of the discussions comes a week after a federal jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages in its patent-infringement case against rival Samsung.

Many believed that Apple would go after Google following its victory over Samsung, based on what the company's late co-founder, Steve Jobs, told biographer Walter Isaacson for his book released last year.

"I am going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go to thermonuclear war on this," Jobs said. "They are scared to death, because they know they are guilty."

Talks between Cook and Page could be a sign that Google and Apple would rather not have a war erupt.

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