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Zuckerberg says Apple needs to 'get on the bus' for social

updated 09:15 pm EST, Tue November 16, 2010

Facebook CEO tells Apple to soften for Ping access

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the Web 2.0 Summit called for Apple to ease its approach to connecting Ping with Facebook. He downplayed Apple CEO Steve Jobs' assertions that Facebook had asked for "onerous terms" and instead saw it as a matter of adapting to a modern reality. Apple had to "get on the bus" as everything was being recreated with a social aspect, Zuckerberg said.

Although not directly touching on the problems surrounding negotiations, he reinforced views that the scale of Apple's requests and the amount of feedback would be important. For Facebook to support Apple or any company with tens of millions of possible users, it needed to know how the partner would use the information and how it would give information back, the CEO explained.

He nonetheless emphasized that Facebook was relatively small compared to Apple, Google and others, and that where possible the company of a few hundred would try to strike partnerships rather than create things on its own. Facebook's role would primarily be to add the social component, which would "blow everything else out of the water."

The Web 2.0 interview also touched on the growing fight with Google over data exports and saw Zuckerberg both defend his company but also acknowledge room to change positions. Google's insistence that sharing be two-way sidestepped permission issues. Exporting data could send e-mail addresses, photos and other info that those users didn't necessarily want shared, Zuckerberg said. Users told Facebook they wanted control of what information got out.

Still, he added, "we're not sure we're right on this."

Google has tried to frame Facebook's refusal to allow exports back to Google as 'trapping' data and has tried to discourage users from relying on exports by claiming that contacts would be locked into a separate version once on the social network.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010


    Beware feature-creep

    So, there's a new texting / email / SMS feature in Facebook? Well what, exactly, was wrong with the old way of doing things? Does the FB unified message system "blow everything else out of the water" too, Zuck?

    Or is it just Google Wave 2.0?

  1. drbroom

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    Joined: Dec 2006


    Facebook SUX!!

    I, for one, am glad that Steve told FB where to go. Zuck needs to stop thinking he is the god of social media.

  1. stevesnj

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Apr 2003



    Zuck, apple has been in the technology game longer tahn you have been alive, they don't need to conform to your standards.

  1. Herod

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    Joined: Jun 2007



    open mouth, insert foot. your career just took a turn for the worst, Suckerburg.
    Jobs and company basically made the playground your playing in.
    get a clue.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    Joined: Oct 2004


    yeah Jobs is old, show some respect

    Respect your elders laddy, Jobs knows the Beatles personally... He may be old, but he's still amazingly alert for a man of his age....

    And if you think he doesn't quite get it, ok, but look you'll get old too, so watch it. What goes around, comes around.

    Steve, you're welcome.

  1. aristotles

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    Joined: Jul 2004


    Zuckerberg needs to grow up

    He sounds like a whiny emo teen.

  1. Fast iBook

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2003



    Can go poke himself.

    - A

  1. UmarOMC

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Like Facebook would be doing Apple a FAVOR?

    Apple was the FIRST computer maker registered for the web- yes, they even beat Microsoft to the 'net- and they've been at innovation since the '70s... let's watch Facebook's 30+ year track record...

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2008


    Google trap

    Beware, Zuckerberg...Google is creating a trap to lock your precious into having FB users info & contacts relate to its search methods. That is something I DO NOT want!

    Then again, what does Google not already know about me & my search habits?!


  1. Roehlstation

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Zuck needs to... hit by the bus.

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