|By Maureen O'Gara||
|August 30, 2012 03:12 PM EDT||
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Larry Page have been talking by phone about a "range of intellectual property matters," according to Reuters, including the Android-spawned dispute that has seen Apple take Google's biggest Android peddlers to court here there and everywhere as a proxy for Google, a move that culminated last Friday with a California jury awarding Apple a $1.04 billion decision against Samsung for patent infringement.
The verdict may result in a product ban.
It is unclear from the Reuters exclusive how long these conversations have been going on and if there's any chance of a broad détente.
The companies reportedly have low-level personnel talking too.
Cook and Page talked last week and were supposed to talk again this Friday but that date was postponed, Reuters sources said. The wire service itself wondered if they could be talking about Android's features and functions, which Apple says Google stole. It suggested they might be talking about a limited set of issues.
Reuters remembers that Apple has been moving away from Google products like maps and YouTube.
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