September 18, 2013, 7:06pm EDT

Google at Apple are at it again, in a totally different way.Sean Driscoll

The UpTake: Now that executives from Apple and Google have founded a startup together, death itself might someday be overcome. Or so the business rivals-turned-partners hope.

Google’s CEO, Larry Page, and Apple’s chairman Arthur D. Levinson have founded a startup together called Calico to fight the less pleasant side-effects of getting old. A partnership that could signify the beginning of a truce between the two companies.

“Art and I are excited about tackling aging and illness,” Page wrote on his Google Plus profile. “These issues affect us all—from the decreased mobility and mental agility that comes with age, to life-threatening diseases that exact a terrible physical and emotional toll on individuals and families.

As evidence of just how weird this news is, on the official Google press release, Apple’s own chief executive Tim Cook is quoted:

“For too many of our friends and family, life has been cut short or the quality of their life is too often lacking,” Cook said, according to the statement. “Art is one of the crazy ones who thinks it doesn’t have to be this way. There is no one better suited to lead this mission and I am excited to see the results.”

This partnership in the name of increasing the lifespans of humans is particularly strange considering Apple’s and Google’s legacy of ugly legal battles.

Just last week a suit between Apple and Google’s Motorola Mobility was reopened, in which each company accuses the other of infringement on its intellectual property.

But now that top-level executives from both companies have so formally mingled their interests, its hard to imagine them, or anyone that works for them, at one another’s throats. Considering Apple has 80,000 employees worldwide and Google has 45,000 employees, there’s probably still plenty of people willing to duke it out.


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