This article pretty much blew my mind. Go read it.
Of course when you consider it, it makes sense. Facebook is sort of flailing left and right but has a userbase. Apple knows they’re not good at social networks. Facebook has talked Phones, Apple made THE Phone. Facebook does a lot of integration – so does Apple. The article also notes Apple could turn this around to be part of the App store.
Really, just read the article.
Anyway, what’s mind-blowing about it is twofold:
First, that it’s entirely possible. The stock is down, it seems potentially win-win, and seriously, Apple is awash in cash.
Second, is that we’re even talking about this. It’s a good reminder of how much money is sloshing around tech right now, and a flashback to the whole MSNBC experience of times past. Just imagine if something like this does happen, it could easily be a trend.
Do I see it happening? I’d put the odds at less than 50%. But I see it as possible.
For us geekonomists, this is fascinating to be sure. But there’s another career takeaway here: we’re playing among behemoths. Some of them can very radically alter the course of technology and the economy. It may or may not be a good idea, or beneficial, or wise, but it can happen. In this case I see the sense to it, but you never know.
- Steven Savage
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