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  • Facebook Reportedly Outlaws iPhones at Work


    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sounds more like a sheriff in the wild west these days. According to new reports coming to light from inside of the company, Facebook is cracking down on employees who bring iPhones to work.

    Despite what this reality suggests, Mark Zuckerberg doesn't hate the iPhone (as we all know, he idolizes late Apple chief Steve Jobs). But Zuck does, apparently, hate how the iPhone's influence is taking his team's focus off of Android.

    Just last week, Facebook finally rolled out its long-awaited refreshed iOS app, which dramatically improved upon the atrociously slow, crash-happy iOS app it had kept on the market for far too long. Now, Zuckerberg says, it's time for Android to get Facebook's full attention.

    Facebook is on a mission to improve its Android app, going so far as to order employees to leave their iPhones at home and use the rival platform to get more familiar with it. Business Insider reports Facebook is taking this approach, citing as sources ex-Facebook employees and people familiar with the goings-on inside the Menlo Park company.
    "In order to test our mobile products employees need access to specific devices to test on different platforms (iOS, Android)," a representative of Facebook said. "This is obviously different from testing on the Web (where it doesn't matter what kind computer you have)."

    As of this writing, it isn't clear when the Android Facebook app will be updated to the extent of last week's Facebook iOS app.

    Sources: Business Insider, LA Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Facebook Reportedly Outlaws iPhones at Work started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. Dark_Ninja's Avatar
      Dark_Ninja -
      Quote Originally Posted by NegativeBeef View Post
      Yes just like how Apple didn't steal from Xerox and Microsoft didn't steal from Apple.
      Bam!
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Quote Originally Posted by NegativeBeef View Post
      Yes just like how Apple didn't steal from Xerox and Microsoft didn't steal from Apple.
      Yes, but Xerox stole from Microsoft to complete the circle.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by King_O_Hill View Post
      Yes, but Xerox stole from Microsoft to complete the circle.
      No, they "copied" Microsoft... Which makes total sense actually, lol.

      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      I'd bring it to work anyway. Your job cannot tell you what phone brand to bring..BS.
      If I worked for Facebook, and some upper management Zucker told me to switch to an Android phone, I would switch. No sense in losing a job like that just to be a stubborn Apple.
    1. blwallace5's Avatar
      blwallace5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NegativeBeef View Post
      Yes just like how Apple didn't steal from Xerox and Microsoft didn't steal from Apple.
      Xerox was given access to pre-ipo apple stock in exchange for engineering visits, and the PARC prototype lacked many features essential to the operation of Mac OS. This is why xerox lost in court.