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Is Apple getting into the social network game?
Im Emily Dreyfuss
And I'm Karyne Levy
And youre watching Rumor Has It, where we run
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Our first rumor is about the successor to the Sony
Tablet S, which will supposedly be branded with the Xperia
name, which is Sony's line of smartphones.
Mobiflip posted leaked internal info showing that it'll be
thinner, will have better cameras, 10+ hours of battery life,
Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and the aluminum case will be
splashproof, so Molly Wood could torture it by the pool!
Since the Tablet S was due for an update, this rumor seems
Whats annoying about Android tablets like this is
that by the time this would come out, other tablets will be
getting Jellybean and itll already be old news.
Now for iPhone 5 rumor watch, threat level Burnt
Sienna, which is more serious than orange.
citing sources who have proven right in the past aka
anonymous, says the new iPhone will be released on
September 12th at a special event, but wont go on sale until
9 days later.
And these anonymous soothsayers dont stop
Their piece de resistance is the prediction that an
iPad Mini will be in attendance at this huge event.
Our weirdest rumor comes from the most respected
of sources, the New York Times.
The Bits Blog says Apple
has been in serious talks to buy a stake in Twitter.
Why in the world would Apple want a social
Because its facing increasing competition from
social media for your time and loyalty.
If it can get you on its
own network, it just drives more people to iOS.
trying to get its own social network off the ground from
scratch, iTunes Ping tried to collaborate with Faceook but
Apple could have bought Instagram, but Facebook
already did, which leaves Twitter as Apples best bet for a
I personally think that this makes sense if Apple wants a
Twitter is cool; so is Apple.
By the numbers
and demographics, they are both sort of exclusive clubs
targeting the same superconnected folks who value sleek
design over a million features.
There has been a lot of Twitter integration in
Apple products and it seems likely that Apple would want to
have a financial stake in Twitter so it could have control.
You know how Apple has control issues.
And in that case,
I'd prefer this to an Apple-made social network.
I can barely
keep up with the social networks that exist now!
What do you guys think?
Is Apple looking to buy a
stake in Twitter?
Don't forget to vote!
We're going to go ask
the people of San Francisco what they think...
And the CNET Council's verdict is: Nay, there is no
way Apple will try to buy Twitter.
The vote was split 3 to 2.
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