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Former Apple Employees Working On Facebook’s iOS App

A month ago, NYT’s Nick Bilton reported that Facebook was working on rewriting its iOS app to make it fully native, getting rid of the existing app’s HTML5 architecture, which makes it very slow and unresponsive.

While the app hasn’t released yet, a new article published by Bloomberg gives us further details about the app and the team working on it.

Facebook Acquires Acrylic Software – Developer Of Mac And iOS Apps

Facebook Acquires Acrylic Software – Developer Of Mac And iOS Apps

Facebook has just acquired Acrylic Software – developers of Pulp – a RSS reader app for Mac and iPad and Wallet – a secure personal database app for iOS and Mac.

Agora Plus Platinum Facebook App Set

Agora Plus Platinum Facebook App Set

In the past few months I’ve learned something very interesting. Facebook can be kinda cool. I mean I’m using Facebook to talk about comics and other geekdom, so I enjoy that, but the one thing I haven’t been enjoying is managing the pages. Checking comments, tracking answers, running contests.

For a network that is built on frictionless sharing, it’s sure hard for the folks managing the content to do stuff.

Which is why I’m going to take a real, hard look at the deal kicking off today—AgoraPulse Platinum—which sounds like it might just solve a lot of issues for me.

Facebook Releases SDK 3.0 For iOS

Facebook Releases SDK 3.0 For iOS

Facebook has just released a major update for its software development kit (SDK) for iOS developers.

Facebook SDK 3.0 for iOS will make it easier and faster for developers to integrate Facebook into their apps., especially with the launch of iOS 6 later this fall, which includes deep Facebook integration.

Facebook to Launch “Blazing Fast” iOS App Next Month

Facebook’s iOS app is essentially a mobile website wrapped around familiar navigation elements. Most of the app is HTML5, and since Apple hasn’t brought the Nitro JavaScript engine to UIWebViews, Facebook on iPhone is annoyingly slow.

According to The New York Times’ Nick Bilton, Facebook will be throwing away the app’s HTML5 dependencies and going fully native sometime next month.

Facebook Quietly Adds ‘Find Friends Nearby’ Feature to iOS App

Facebook Quietly Adds ‘Find Friends Nearby’ Feature to iOS App

Facebook’s web and mobile apps have a new feature called “Find Friends Nearby” that, as the name suggests, lets you find friends and potential friends based on their proximity to your current location.

The feature, although not meant to be officially released, is live on Facebook’s website and mobile apps. Word about the feature’s existence was leaked out to TechCrunch.

Facebook Hires Apple UI Design Manager

Facebook’s smartphone ambitions have been rumored since quite sometime now, and the company has steadily made moves in that direction, by introducing the App Center, starting a payments platform and aggressively acquiring talent from startups and tech companies.

Continuing its talent acquisition efforts, Facebook has now hired Apple UI Design Manager Chris Weeldreyer as Product Design Manager at the company.

iOS 6 Feature: Facebook Integration?

iOS 6 Feature: Facebook Integration?

TechCrunch reports that Facebook will be integrated into iOS 6, just like Twitter was integrated into iOS 5.

Apple and Facebook have been in talks for quite sometime. In fact, according to some reports, Apple had fully integrated Facebook into iOS 4 back in 2010, and was ready to launch the mobile-social fusion when API negotiations broke down.

Tim Cook Talks About Apple TV, Hints at Facebook Integration, Improvements to Siri at D10 [Video]

Tim Cook Talks About Apple TV, Hints at Facebook Integration, Improvements to Siri at D10 [Video]

Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher interviewed Apple’s CEO Tim Cook at the AllThingsD’s D10 Conference earlier today.

They asked Tim Cook questions about a range of topics. While he dodged questions about upcoming Apple products such as the rumored Apple Television (as you would expect), he did seem to hint at the possibility of Facebook Integration coming to iOS and improvements to Siri during his interview.

Facebook Planning to Release Facebook Phone by 2013; Hiring iPhone Engineers

The New York Times reports that Facebook is planning to release a smartphone by 2013 and has hired former Apple employees who have worked on the iPhone and iPad.

This is not the first time we’re hearing rumors of a Facebook phone. Back in November 2011, a rumor claimed that the Facebook Phone existed and is codenamed “buffy”. Facebook had reportedly partnered with HTC to build these phones, which would be running a custom version of Android.