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Apple's (AAPL) Tim Cook and Google's (GOOG) Larry Page have reportedly been holding...

Apple's (AAPL) Tim Cook and Google's (GOOG) Larry Page have reportedly been holding "behind-the-scenes conversations" about the companies' IP disputes. Discussions between lower-level execs are also said to be ongoing. One source claims a truce related to basic Android features is being considered, but it's unclear whether a broad-based settlement is on the table. Apple thus far hasn't shown many signs of backing away from its hard-line stance. (earlier)
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  • wigit5
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    In the words of William Wallace (as depicted by Mel Gibson in Braveheart) "FREEDOM!"
    30 Aug 2012, 02:23 PM Reply Like
  • LIBERAL
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    u know apple wants to copy google and they can only go so far with their OS without copying google now thats why the truce if not watch the pendulum swing back in google favor IOs hasnt changed that much since 2.0
    30 Aug 2012, 02:42 PM Reply Like
  • jswieter
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    Google doesn't have anything of significance that Apple wants. Market share comes from great products and happy customers. Apple doesn't want all of the the Neanderthals that Google and Microsoft have or seek. They will grow by creating the best products. If others want mediocrity, so be it. Let others live in a more cumbersome world with lower aesthetic appeal, functionality and productivity.
    30 Aug 2012, 03:15 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    I never realized Apple manufactured Kool-Aid, too.
    30 Aug 2012, 03:25 PM Reply Like
  • VeryCurious
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    As a Neanderthal who owns a Mac and several PC's, I would like to repeat what my first boss in IT told me some 20 years ago. In business, you find the best app, then the hardware. There are plenty of things that Mac apps still suck at, such as databases, which in the real business world form the heart of financials, ERP, etc. I get turned off by the name callers on these sites who think one product is absolutely superior. In business, hardly anybody gives a crap about aesthetics. My Mac is nice for photo work. Since I'm not into music or watching movies on a little screen, I really
    don't use it for much else than web-surfing. If one is supporting SAP, Oracle, and large SQL databases, one turns to the PC. neanderthals do at least. I really don't care if my phone doesn't generate smartphone envy. As for productivity, if there are no suitable apps for the platform, there is no productivity. Still waiting for a purple mainframe with curved corners.
    30 Aug 2012, 10:00 PM Reply Like
  • padresguy
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    Aside from ripping off voice recognition, e-mail notifications, and phone/video players, then yah apple doesn't need anything else.
    http://bit.ly/OMWoLR . Oh and good luck to apple's new maps app. I'm sure they too have been sending self driving cars all around the world for the past 5 years taking pictures and verifying roads. But that's ok, at least you have round rectangles.
    31 Aug 2012, 12:13 AM Reply Like
  • SouthernS
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    While Apple might be doing well in phones at the moment, their OS/PC market is a joke. You have to be kidding when you go on about "functionality and productivity." when there is no evidence of Apple dominating either in any of the contested markets.
    31 Aug 2012, 03:41 AM Reply Like
  • ramh7
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    Google neanderthal? you don't have to follow the path of your so ungrateful icon even if you are so impressed by monopol .
    31 Aug 2012, 04:33 AM Reply Like
  • pirota
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    With Google owning 68% of mobile OS market, Apple just has to do something about it ...
    30 Aug 2012, 02:57 PM Reply Like
  • ramh7
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    Yes and they did, trying to kick out google maps from their systems... I mean this is really disgusting.
    31 Aug 2012, 04:51 AM Reply Like
  • trprof
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    The problem is the law. A shape as basic as a rounded rectangle should never be patented.
    30 Aug 2012, 04:17 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    that's already been debunked as mere lawyer marketing gimmick from those that actually read the patent dispute
    30 Aug 2012, 05:02 PM Reply Like
  • WisPokerGuy
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    Agreed. Those that spout this "shouldn't be able to patent a rectangle" stuff have never read the details of the Apple/Samsung dispute. Samsung's lawyers need to say something after they got their a** whipped and that was the sound bite they came up with. It had very little to do with the actual facts in the case.

     

    By pushing this bite of misinformation down the road again @trprof shows he doesn't know what the Apple patent case was really about. Ignorance is bliss, I guess?
    30 Aug 2012, 05:17 PM Reply Like
  • into dark shadows
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    Maybe we need to have them broken up?

     

    Monopoly?
    Yeah, that's the ticket see!

     

    I think they are to big and crowding out the little guys, where's the FTC?
    Break up apple now!
    30 Aug 2012, 04:49 PM Reply Like
  • Deja Vu
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    The ghost of Steve Jobs appeared holographically through the hinged open top of Tim Cook's head and said to Brin, " The force is strong in you. You are my son Brin, Look within yourself, you know it is true. Join me and come over to the dark side and we will destroy the Knights of the Samsung"
    30 Aug 2012, 06:20 PM Reply Like
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