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Apple Considered Purchasing a Large Stake in Twitter

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Apple is either actively considering purchasing a major stake in Twitter or discussed making an investment with the social company more than a year ago and the talks have since ceased, depending on which newspaper one wishes to believe.

The New York Times reported tonight that Apple and Twitter were talking "in recent months" about a major strategic investment in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Apple has considered an investment in the hundreds of millions of dollars, one that could value Twitter at more than $10 billion, up from an $8.4 billion valuation last year, these people said. They declined to be named because the discussions were private.

There is no guarantee that the two companies, which are not in negotiations at the moment, will come to an agreement. But the earlier talks are a sign that they may form a stronger partnership amid intensifying competition from the likes of Google and Facebook.
However, within several hours of the posting of the Times piece, The Wall Street Journal posted a rebuttal of sorts, saying that the Apple/Twitter discussions took place more than a year ago and didn't go anywhere:
Apple Inc. held discussions with Twitter Inc. more than a year ago about taking a strategic investment in the short-messaging service, according to a person familiar with the talks.

People familiar with the matter said there are no current formal investment or acquisition discussions between the companies.

News of the investment talks was first reported by the New York Times.
Apple has run into difficulties in its social media efforts with the Ping social network on the chopping block according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs' biographer, said recently that social was one nut that Steve Jobs couldn't crack.

In the past year, rather than building its own social product, Apple has partnered with both Twitter and Facebook to integrate their API's into the new versions of both the iOS and OS X platforms.

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ironsienna

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Expect a "tweet this song" menu option in the next version of iTunes when right click on a song in your list!

Exciting.............!!

...

well..


yawn....
 
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BC2009

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I don't see why this even matters. Recent news from Facebook and Zynga show that the social media model only gets you so far.

That is because social networking is a feature and not a standalone business in my opinion. Same goes for Dropbox. Eventually you hit a wall where you really can't make that much more money.
 
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east85

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Honestly I really don't care for the Twitter microblogging format. I think that this only makes sense for Apple considering the cozy relationship and favoritism involved in the new version of OS X. Call me a pessimist but I think even Apple couldn't manage to make Twitter more appealing to me. At least more appealing than the competition.
 
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Anlino

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As long as they don't force Twitter to put a blue leather texture in the background, I would be fine with it. Twitter seem to be going to **** either way, and I don't see how this could make it worse.
 
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Alfred.Woodden

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I'm all for them investing in Twitter, to keep the money flowing, and the network to get better.

I'm not for them down right buying Twitter. That could go bad.
 
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DaMike8

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Since Apple has a large liquid amount of cash investments sitting around doing nothing, they can be buying other or part of companies which can help benefit them in the future. I think Tim Cook wants to have as many things as possible that can benefit them. They want to cover the whole spectrum of marketing and add as many hardware and software capabilities from different companies. Social networking isn't one of them.... yet ;)
 
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numlock

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That is because social networking is a feature and not a standalone business in my opinion. Same goes for Dropbox. Eventually you hit a wall where you really can't make that much more money.

have there been any news regarding dropbox finances recently?

but its good that apple is considering so much. too bad its not its desktop setup, proper web services, casual and pro computer software etc etc
 
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iEvolution

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still never understood the hype with twitter unless you're one of those people that think a celebrities life is more important than your own.
 
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dewso

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An Apple Social Networking Site? Yes, please.

And it better be not like Ping.

No, just no.
It'll be a mess, requiring to own apple products to be a part of it, its just not right.
If Apple was a major partner of one, then yeah sure.
 
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Puevlo

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How about they release a new iMac instead of worrying about this nonsense.
 
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bb426

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still never understood the hype with twitter unless you're one of those people that think a celebrities life is more important than your own.

Ugh, what is Courier New doing here?

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I see a LOT more use for Apple and Facebook to get closer, rather than Apple and Twitter... I can't for the life of me even force myself to use Twitter.
 
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b166er

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It took me a long time to "get" twitter. I resisted it for years, but recently I think I understand it's value and use a little better- at least for me personally. It's a great way to get breaking news, concert dates, even amber alerts. I agree it is saturated with celebrity BS, but that is why you can pick and choose who you follow. If you take the time you can basically make a newsfeed that is tailored to exactly what you want to see. And some celebrities actually use twitter to interact with people rather than just post lame updates- for example I got advice from a guitar player I admire on how to properly play something, directed specifically at me. I think that's pretty cool but twitter is all about your individual interests.

Twitter and Facebook have proven themselves I think. Apple is better off pairing with them rather than trying to create their own thing.
 
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rmwebs

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Oh Apple, we all know you are quite possibly the WORST company to run a social network so don't even bother trying.
 
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Rufuss Sewell

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Ping could have been amazing if they would have let small indie bands join on day one.

Social is about discovering new things and sharing new experinces with people. No one needed to discover Lady Gaga or Elton John etc. who were the only artists allowed on Ping at launch.

Also the bands themselves would have promoted the hell out of Ping. It makes me very sad that Apple chose the elitist route and we all lost out on what could have been an amazing tool for bands and music fans.
 
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Otaviano

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Ping could have been amazing if they would have let small indie bands join on day one.

Social is about discovering new things and sharing new experinces with people. No one needed to discover Lady Gaga or Elton John etc. who were the only artists allowed on Ping at launch.

Also the bands themselves would have promoted the hell out of Ping. It makes me very sad that Apple chose the elitist route and we all lost out on what could have been an amazing tool for bands and music fans.

No way, Ping was always going to be a failure. Perhaps if Facebook integration had been there and was applied in the way Spotify is integrated with Facebook.
 
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.Andy

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still never understood the hype with twitter unless you're one of those people that think a celebrities life is more important than your own.
It appears you don't understand the hype with twitter because you don't understand that there are many more facets to it than just celebrities. Like all social networking it is only as good as your imagination and interests.
 
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jjs555

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Jul 28, 2012
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These articles are not contradictory. Even in your pullquotes, both of them clearly state that the companies are not in active negotiations.
 
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