Facebook headhunts Apple engineers for 3rd smartphone attempt

By Leeky
May 28, 2012
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  1. According to the New York Times, citing multiple unnamed sources, Facebook has hired more than half a dozen former Apple engineers with experience working on the iPhone in order to...

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  2. another fail in the making...
  3. apple has been known for spying on people. even after they supposedly fixed their phones location tracking bug, it was still there. so apple lied basically. facebook is sued weekly and is know for abusing peoples' privacy to this day. I hope facebook is sued and loses everything and that this idea never goes through.
  4. I believe Steve Jobs was one of those folks in the Bay Area who agreed to stop enticing engineers to exercise their right to look for s better job.

    Go for it Facebook, I hope you win. /Larry
  5. Yes, Facebook is just a website and will pass like other fads. No, they won't be able to build successful phone. Yes, you should dump the stock before it goes to zero and the computer does that automatic layoff-thing.
  6. They will certainly outlive you, however.
  7. So Anthony Fremont Jr. built one cute website for gossipy teenagers. They'll never compete with iOS. If you got sucked into the IPO farce, bail out now. Facecrook is this decade's AOL.
  8. Well, let's see how that goes! Good luck with that one FB, I wonder if this is just a quickly pieced-together ploy to get the market interested in what obviously is a grossly overvalued stock.
  9. Having banked a few billion with the IPO scam, Zuckerwhatever needs to have a real product. Copying the iPhone to create an fPhone prolly not a good notion.
  10. Does Mark's new bride have a sister - me likee!
     
  11. Another ignorant move by Luckerberg- and laughable as well.
  12. Seriously, do you think if you say it loud enough and often enough that is will become real? It will take at least five years before anyone comes close. Everyone else is trying to catch up with where they're were four years ago. I don't really care one way or the other but if you had to put your life savings into a tech company, how could you argue not putting it into Apple. 100+ B in the bank, no debt, and has the fastest adopted tech device ever in the iPad.

    I always put my money on the team on top and right now, they are on top.
  13. Hey Sprint ... When they come knocking don't laugh them out the door. Remember how you felt when Apple had success with the iphone at AT&T after you said no. It was Apple's third phone attempt as well.
  14. LOL, is this why Facebook went public to get extra cash to make a phone. Failure in the making. If I where an investor Id be watching carefully.
  15. RH00D

    RH00D TechSpot Booster Posts: 387   +97

    Why do people want Facebook to fail miserably? Yeah, that's great. Let's wish that thousands of American's lose their job and the company they work for goes under, that way we can cause them and their family misery in hard financial times all the while destroying a communication service that is valuable to millions of people worldwide. Fantastic idea!
  16. a facebook phone is laughable. facebook was not revolutionary, anyone remember myspace? facebook is a bit of clever software that will stay relevant just as that, nothing more, so long as people keep using it.

    to propose that a deep bankroll alone can spawn game changing hardware technology such as the iphone did, is silly. How many other companies with HUGE capital have failed to capture the market as apple has? many. the facebook phone will fail because it will undoubtedly be as kitschy as facebook. it will be a contrivance for tweenagers and then fade to oblivion.
  17. Patents, trade dress, and copyrights all arguably hamper innovation, but they will continue to exist for exactly the reasons that Facebook is demonstrating. FB is playing dirty pool and while companies like that exist, innovation will be wrapped up in legal protections and litigation.
  18. Having "stolen" the Facebook idea from college mates by some credible accounts, Mark Zucker-Schmook is again trying to "steal" Apple's engineers so he "steal" yet another idea: namely the most successful phone in the history of mobile telephony.

    See a pattern here? (Question) rhetorical)


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