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Why Facebook Didn't Take the iTunes Ping Deal

Yesterday, we reported that Apple and Twitter had entered into a partnership whereby Ping users could have their likes, updates, and purchases tweeted using their Twitter account, and users on the social micro-blogging service would be able to listen to song previews right from the Twitter web interface. But, why did Apple not choose Facebook over Twitter? After all, there are many more Facebook users than Twitter.

Apple had been eying Facebook since the beginning, but perhaps due to terms in the agreement between the two companies, that deal didn’t last.

Today, however, Fast Company is giving us some insight into why the Twitter-Ping deal worked and why Facebook may have been hesitant to accept Apple’s offers.

According to the blog, Facebook may have been hesitant to give Apple access to it’s over half-billion users. Even though iTunes users trust Apple enough to give them credit card information — something, the blog notes, no social network has been able to achieve up to this point.

Fast Company also notes that Twitter and Ping may have been the best fit for both companies, because of minimalist design of Twitter, and the fact that Twitter has yet found a good way to make money on the social networking service. With this partnership, you may soon be able to purchase songs right from your browser in Twitter, which may in turn give Twitter a cut of the iTunes purchases.

You can read more information about Fast Company’s take on the Ping deal on their website.

MacBook Air Bugs Getting You Down? Apple Says Deal With It

MacBook Air internal tech memo
(Image courtesy of BGR)

After being reported both here and many other places online, it appears that Apple is well aware of the bugs currently plaguing new owners of 2010 MacBook Air models. A software fix appears to be on the way — in the meantime, you’ll just have to put up with it.

9to5Mac is reporting that BGR is taking advantage of a new Apple Genius “ninja” this week, following up our earlier report about Cupertino’s internal policy on dead pixels with another aimed at the new 2010 MacBook Air models. As you may have heard, a number of new owners are complaining about display problems with their diminutive new friends, and while Apple has remained silent on the subject, it appears internally they have a policy in place, as seen above.

The internal memo is titled “MacBook Air (Late 2010): Internal display fades dark to light colors after waking from sleep” and provides Apple Store Geniuses with guidance on how to address any customer concerns. The important thing is that Apple has isolated the issue, which “will be fixed in an upcoming software update” — possibly even Mac OS X 10.6.5, which is expected to arrive as early as this week.

For now, you’ll have to deal with the problem since Apple is not issuing fixes or replacements at this time. The issue appears to be at least temporarily addressed by closing the lid on your MacBook Air, waiting 10 seconds and then opening it, which recycles the power to the display.

If you’re affected, give it a try and let us know how it works out for you!

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Facebook Executive “Very Confident” on Ping Deal with Apple

Ping Facebook Connect
(Image courtesy of Engadget)

It’s now been a full month since Apple launched iTunes 10 with the Ping social networking service, and there’s still no sign of Facebook coming back. But at least one Facebook executive seems confident that a deal is yet to come with Cupertino after all.

AppleInsider is reporting
that Facebook’s chief technology officer is “very confident” that the social networking giant will find a way to integrate with Apple’s own music-themed social network, Ping. The comment was noted by Silicon Alley Insider during Facebook exec Bret Taylor’s dinner with the media in New York this week.

Taylor’s confidence comes on the heels of reports that Apple and Facebook negotiated for at least 18 months prior to the launch of Ping and still couldn’t come to terms. Industry insiders have painted Facebook as “abrasive” during their negotiations with other companies, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs himself claimed the company demanded what he called “onerous terms” for integrating Facebook into Ping.

Despite the Facebook CTO’s promising comment, Taylor “did not provide a timeframe for a deal to be struck,” according to AppleInsider.

Early users of iTunes 10 may recall that Facebook was indeed integrated into the new Ping service at launch, and it was also featured during the media event where the social network was first introduced on September 1. Despite an agreement, Apple included a Facebook Connect login interface, but the social network apparently wasn’t happy about that and blocked Ping from using its API, which then prompted Apple to remove Facebook connectivity entirely — and it has yet to return after a month.

The often-maligned Ping appears to be slowly getting its footing — last weekend brought iTunes 10.0.1, which provided deeper integration between the social network and a user’s music library, as well as the ability to “Like” or “Post” about your own songs, provided that they were part of Apple’s huge catalog to begin with.

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German iPhone Exclusivity Deal to End Soon

! Germany was a part of one of the last remaining European markets with a single iPhone carrier, but not anymore! Deutsche Telekom (DT)-owned carrier T-Mobile’s iPhone exclusivity deal with Apple is expiring very soon. And, to make matters better for those not interested in being under the shackles of one mobile carrier, there have been no talks about extending that deal either.

Those who are catching wind of all the hearsay on the matter have told the Wall Street Journal that the company’s exclusivity deal may end für echte this October–just in time for Oktoberfest! Which means plenty of beer aficionados will be able to enjoy their favorite Pilsner while chatting away on their iPhones on a carrier like Vodafone or O2.

Via All Things D

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