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Google's Schmidt says relationship with Apple has improved

Published on Jul 12, 2013 10:36 AM
 
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt holds a news conference during the Allen & Co annual conference on July 11, 2013, in Sun Valley, Idaho. The relationship between Google Inc and Apple Inc has improved over the past year with the rival technology companies and sometimes partners conducting "lots and lots" of meetings, Mr Schmidt said. -- PHOTO: AFP

SUN VALLEY, Idaho (REUTERS) - The relationship between Google Inc and Apple Inc has improved over the past year with the rival technology companies and sometimes partners conducting "lots and lots" of meetings, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said.

Mr Schmidt did not provide details about the nature of the meetings during comments to reporters at the annual Allen and Co media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on Thursday. He noted that Google Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora, who joined him at the press briefing, was leading many of the discussions.

The two companies are in "constant business discussions on a long list of issues," Mr Schmidt said.

Mr Schmidt once sat on Apple's board of directors, but the relationship between the two companies has frayed as competition has increased.

 
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