Steve Jobs Invites Mark Zuckerberg Over for Dinner

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The tech giants discussed Ping, went for a stroll in Palo Alto, Calif.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs invited Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg over for dinner about two weeks ago to discuss Ping, the Los Angeles Times reports.

An anonymous tipster spotted the tech giants strolling together near Jobs' Palo Alto, Calif. home. (Jobs was spotted having coffee with Google CEO Eric Schmidt in March.) [pullquote]

Apple's iTunes team was in talks with Zuckerberg for 18 months about weaving Ping, its music social networking service, into Facebook's platform to up iTunes and iPod sales. But discussions faltered because Facebook's terms were too onerous, Jobs told AllThingsD's Kara Swisher.

Zuckerberg's relationship with Jobs began on friendly terms when Apple was one of Facebook's first big commercial sponsor through its Apple Students Group. But, as the Times points out, Zuckerberg and Jobs' relationship has grown tense as Facebook as become one of Silicon Valley's major players.

While neither Facebook nor Apple reps would comment, Facebook's chief technology officer Bret Taylor tells the San Francisco Chronicle he thinks Zuckerberg and Jobs will work out a deal on Ping.
 

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