Google Inc CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook have been conducting behind-the-scenes conversations about a range of intellectual property matters, including the ongoing mobile patent disputes between the companies, according to people familiar with the matter.
The two chief executives had a phone conversation last week, the sources said. Discussions involving lower-level officials of the two companies are also ongoing.
Page and Cook are expected to talk again in the coming weeks, though no firm date has been set, the sources said. One source told Reuters that a meeting was scheduled for this Friday, but had been delayed for reasons that were unclear.
The two companies are keeping the lines of communication open at a high level against the backdrop of Apple’s decisive legal victory in a patent infringement case against Samsung, which uses Google’s Android software.
Tablets with paper-thin screens that can be folded and tucked into your back pocket, artificial intelligence and augmented reality — the stuff of science fiction may be coming to a store near you.
Some researchers are experimenting with wearable devices, such as Google Glass, a stamp-sized electronic screen mounted on eyeglass frames to record video, access email and surf the Web. Others, like Microsoft, are investigating the use of 3-D cameras to create images that pop up when a person calls. Samsung has a concept video that shows a bendable, transparent 3-D smartphone-hybrid tablet that can also be used as a real-time interpreter.
Few of these new technologies will hit store shelves any time soon - companies and researchers are more actively working on touchscreen innovations in the near term.
Baby Android: Thanks in part to the Oracle v. Google lawsuit, the earliest known Android development phone has surfaced. The Google Sooner, built by HTC, lacked a touch screen and a WiFi card. The operating system was built four months after the debut of the original iPhone in 2007. It’s a fascinating piece of technology that offers a glimpse into Android’s infancy. [Photos: Steven Troughton Smith]
High Caffeine: The Google Sooner development phone
A Northern California jury on Monday found that Google Inc infringed upon Oracle Corp’s copyrights on the structure of part of the Java software programming language, in a high stakes trial over smartphone technology.
However, the jury failed to decide after days of deliberation whether Google had the right to fair use of that copyrighted structure.
The verdict on copyright was read in a San Francisco federal courtroom.
The rise of mobile isn’t a menace to the likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon. It’s potentially the biggest windfall of their lives, because making money in mobile will be all about building a revolutionary new payments system. Banking in 20 years will be profoundly different from what it is today, and the companies that Eric decries are very likely to be the ones who win the most.
Paul Higgins- I would not be so sure. This will be an inteersting headline to highlight in five years time one way or the other
A federal appeals court has revived Viacom Inc’s lawsuit accusing Google Inc of allowing copyrighted videos on its YouTube service without permission.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a reasonable jury could have found that YouTube knew of specific infringing activity on its website. As a result, it said a lower court made a mistake in dismissing Viacom’s $1 billion lawsuit.
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Tech Tonic: Rocky first year for Larry Page as Google CEO
It is one year since Google co-founder Larry Page took the reigns as CEO of the Internet search giant. Anthony De Rosa looks at Page’s accomplishments and failures of the past year and what he has planned for the future.
Google Inc’s Chrome web browser overtook Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer (IE) to become market leader globally for the first time last Sunday, web analytics firm StatCounter said on Wednesday.
"While it is only one day, this is a milestone," said Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter’s chief executive.
"At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE."