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Google's Brin on Facebook: "we'd certainly be open to talking"

12:00 pm on Jul 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Google co-founder Sergey Brin said his company would be happy to talk with Facebook about potential ties but that the social network did not appear to be courting takeover bids.

Speaking in answer to a reporter's question at the 25th annual Allen & Co media deal-makers conference, Brin said: "If they come to us, we'd certainly be open to talking. But I think they're building a great company of their own."

Facebook membership has exploded in recent weeks to more than 29 million active members from 24 million in late May. By comparison, rival MySpace has attracted about 60 million unique users in the US and about 90 million globally.

Google's Brin on Facebook: "we'd certainly be open to talking" [networks.silicon.com]

9:11 pm on July 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I don't think he'll sell. He's looking at his creation as a platform of sorts where they (and others) will build lots of things including their own widgets.
3:52 pm on July 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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will google will build a facebook app, or will facebook build a google widget? what a thumb-wrestle.
8:38 pm on July 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Google will convert a large portion of the 29 million facebook users into google widget users not too far down the line.

Coming soon are the days when you have one lifetime number that rings all your phones and chat programs... and sends users to your online community profiles?

Grand Central = a new kind of phone book.

It would generate new users for facebook too, by people who want to fill out that part of their "global profile".

4:00 am on July 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

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and Google had their video app that competed with YouTube, and we all know how that ended up. Another example is Flickr and Yahoo Photos competing then merging.