Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Facebook's Growing Web of Frenemies - WSJ.com

A Facebook co-opetition snapshot; also see “Yahoo Decides to Friend Facebook

As the seven-year-old company ramps up its hiring and adds new features to its social network, it is disrupting the businesses of established companies like Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc. and putting even more Internet firms on notice.

Facebook, which has more than 600 million users and was valued at $50 billion in a recent funding round, is grabbing online-advertising from Yahoo, Myspace and others. The social network is a potential rival in electronic payments to eBay Inc.'s PayPal, while partnerships Facebook is cementing with smartphone makers set the stage for competition with Apple Inc. and Google in mobile services.

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Facebook's Growing Web of Frenemies - WSJ.com

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