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Did Steve Jobs Hang Up on Mark Zuckerberg?

Three weeks ago, some tech and social media gurus who were checking out Apple’s new Ping social network for iTunes10 noted that Ping was rejecting Facebook requests.

When All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher asked Apple CEO Steve Jobs about this, he replied that Facebook was making “onerous demands” that could not be allowed.

Earlier this week, in an exclusive interview with Mark Arrington of TechCrunch to clear up rumors of a Facebook branded phone, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that he wants to put a Facebook software layer on every phone.

Could this be the onerous demand to which Jobs alluded?

And if so, does this not mean that Jobs will fight putting a Facebook layer on the iPhone and perhaps other i-devices as well?

And can Jobs, who is now second to Zuckerberg in estimated net worth, get away with such an embargo?

If recent history is any indication (a la Apple vs. Adobe Flash), he’ll eventually recant.

I’m just wondering how many other seemingly ill-conceived rulings by Apple brass (see the latest Apps guidelines) will have to be rescinded before we have a truly open communications environment?

Stay tuned, this is likely to get interesting…

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One comment on “Did Steve Jobs Hang Up on Mark Zuckerberg?

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    September 23, 2010

    Zuckerberg is taking over soical media whether Apple complies or not. Facebook isnt going anywhere, so Apple needs to get on-board or get left behind.

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