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Tuesday
Sep212010

Apple and Facebook Reportedly Negotiated Over Ping for At Least 18 Months

Silicon Alley Insider reports that Apple and Facebook negotiated over 18 months about the nature of their relationship with regards to Apple’s music social network, Ping . 

 

This reinforces my opinion that I wish Apple would have used the Twitter API for their friends import feature, instead of trying to make some sort of deal that wasn’t onerous with Facebook.

It just seems that Evan and Biz would be easier to get a deal done with, and with their new twitter rollout, it looks like their numbers will continue to expand from the current 190 million users, making it nearly as useful as Facebook’s 500 million. Ping is only available to users in the U.S. currently, and according to Facebook Statistics, more than 70% of their users are located outside the borders of the United States, which makes Twitter’s numbers very competitive by comparison.

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