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Apple, Google 'hold high-level peace talks'

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Apple and Google are reportedly holding high-level peace talks in an attempt to resolve the ongoing patent disputes that are plaguing the tech industry.

Reuters understands that the iPhone maker's CEO Tim Cook has engaged in behind-the-scenes discussions with his Google counterpart Larry Page, with another meeting between the pair scheduled to take place.

Apple WWDC 2012: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Developers Conference.

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Larry Page

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Google CEO Larry Page



The news follows Apple's landmark court victory over one of the search engine giant's key Android partners Samsung, in which a US judge ordered its rival to pay out $1.05 billion (£665 million) in damages for patent infringement.

Apple has numerous further complaints lined up across several territories, and is also locked in a patent dispute with Google-owned manufacturer Motorola.

Page had a positive relationship with Apple for several years prior to the launch of the Android operating system, a move which put the two companies on a collision course.

Apple's late CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs declared "thermonuclear war" on the operating system is his autobiography, vowing to destroy what he believed was a blatant copy of iOS.

Google and Apple are yet to confirm that talks between Cook and Page have taken place.

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