Shortly after Twitter launched its Vine video product on Thursday, users noticed that the “find friends” feature connected to Facebook wasn’t working, and it became obvious the two companies were at odds over Twitter’s new “Instagram for video attempt.” On Friday, Facebook came out and provided further clarification on its policy toward third-party apps, stating that it wants to grow a third-party developer ecosystem, assuming those apps share data back to Facebook and don’t compete with its core product.

Facebook wrote in a blog post Friday saying that it’s clarified its policy about third-party access:

For the vast majority of developers building social apps and games, keep doing what you’re doing. Our goal is to provide a platform that gives people an easy way to login to your apps, create personalized and social experiences, and easily share what they’re doing in your apps with people on Facebook. This is how our platform…

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Top Apple, China Mobile execs meet to talk “cooperation”

We have so much to learn from these strategic partnerships. Moving forward the ability to collaborate will define what is…sustainable.


Surprising basically no one, Apple(s AAPL) CEO Tim Cook made time on his trip to China to meet Thursday with his company’s most critical non-partner: the chairman of China Mobile. China Mobile is the largest carrier in the world’s largest market for mobile phones: the company counts 650 million subscribers. But while its competitors China Telecom and China Unicom have partnered with Apple to sell the iPhone, China Mobile remains a holdout.

For now, the two appear to just be talking, with no partnership deal announced. A China Mobile spokesman told Reuters: “In the morning, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook visited China Mobile’s headquarters. China Mobile’s Chairman Xi Guohua and Tim Cook discussed matters of cooperation.”

It’s not just a question of whether China Mobile wants to sell the iPhone. Apple would have to make the decision to make a specific variant of the iPhone that supports China Mobile’s unique…

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A Second Look at 2012 and London’s #socialolympics

London 2012

I am happy to have a chance to share this quick review of real-time media and The London Games. During the summer, I worked with Communica to challenge the idea of “engagement”. We looked at how people wanted to connect and what they wanted to share.

We also learned a few lessons!