Enterprise Mobility: Apple Could Buy Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, Others with Its $51B

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2010-10-27
 
 
 

Apple Could Buy Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, Others with Its $51B

by Clint Boulton

Apple Could Buy Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, Others with Its $51B

Facebook

Right now Google and Apple are sparring for the mobile Web. Apple could tip the balance in its favor by purchasing social network giant Facebook. Think of that massive social network supported by mobile devices. The world would be connected 24/7.

Facebook

Yahoo

OK, this may be a stretch. While Facebook provides one single major utility for Apple to work with, Yahoo is a messy portal of products. But it has a search engine, supported by Microsoft Bing, that Apple could use to battle Google. Jobs may be the guy to whip the company into shape, something current Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and previous leader Jerry Yang failed to do. Turning Yahoo around would be the biggest feat in high-tech history since, well, Jobs revived Apple.

Yahoo

Electronic Arts

Yes, the game maker. Imagine the marriage of EA's games with the iPhone and iPad. That would pair awesome content with awesome consumer gadgets. Kaufman analyst Shaw Wu gets this hat tip.

Electronic Arts

Netflix

Since we're on content, Apple has also snagged cloud music provider LaLa, so why not Netflix, with whom Apple already enjoys a partnership that has helped sell 250,000 Apple TV boxes? The streaming subscriptions plans could be endless. This is also a Wu speculation.

Netflix

ARM Holdings

A chip maker wouldn't hurt, though Apple seems to be doing just fine with the existing partnership, thanks to the ARM-powered A4 chip set.

ARM Holdings

Gist Social Profile Site

Gist has done some really cool things with social network profiles. The company is begging to be bought.

Gist Social Profile Site

Digg Needs a Turnaround

For the same reason that Yahoo needs a turnaround fast and a leader who can provide it, Digg is hurting. Co-founder Kevin Rose admitted his team rushed out the new social features, and now users are in revolt. Jobs can lift the company and perhaps build out a serious social network. In case Facebook cost too much or CEO Mark Zuckerberg wouldn't sell, of course.

Digg Needs a Turnaround

Feeding on Twitter

OK, so Twitter might not be the best starter social service, but it's got a known microblog service and the talent behind it to wipe Google off the face of the social map.

Feeding on Twitter

Zynga

This is interesting for a number of reasons. It would be cheaper than EA and would help Apple build out its cloud Web services after LaLa. Imagine tighter integrations between Zynga on the iPhone and iPad. Of course, there is the $100 million investment in Zynga from Google to worry about, but taking Zynga out of play from Google could provide a big boost for Apple in the mobile Web war.

Zynga

Good Technology

Let's come back to earth a bit. With the iPhone becoming a more prevalent part of the enterprise worker, Apple could use some mobile device management software expertise. With Sybase picked up by SAP, Apple might be able to pry Good Technology from its owner Visto. Interestingly, Good was previously owned by Apple rival Motorola, whose Android smartphones are giving the iPhone a run for its money.

Good Technology

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