Monday, April 6, 2009

FACEBOOK & NOKIA LOOK TO BRING SOCIAL NETWORK TO MOBILES

Facebook is in discussions with Nokia on ways to integrate the popular social network into mobile phones made by the Finnish giant according to a news report. The report, citing "people familiar with the matter," said Palo Alto, California-based Facebook and Nokia were discussing a partnership that would embed parts of the social network into some Nokia phones. The report also said that talks have been going on for months. Financial terms of the potential deal could not be obtained, it said. The newspaper said Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone maker, was deciding whether it wanted to team up with an established Web player like Facebook or "build a social network from the ground up." It said the two companies were looking at potentially integrating contact information stored in Facebook with a phone's address book. "When users looked up a contact, they could see whether their Facebook friends were logged on, send them messages and post comments on their profile pages," the report said. According to Nielsen Co. figures cited by the report, Facebook in December surpassed rival MySpace in terms of the number of visitors from mobile phones -- seven million US mobile users for Facebook compared with 5.7 million US mobile users for MySpace.

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