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Facebook releases long-awaited iPad app

October 11, 2011|By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from San Francisco — Facebook's on-again, off-again plans for an iPad app have reached fruition.

After months of speculation, Facebook rolled out the long-awaited app Monday. It's available free from the Apple App Store, has bigger photos and lets users play games on the go.

Apple and Facebook had been in negotiations over the app for months.

The iPad app could be a boon for Apple. None of the tablets running Google's Android software have a tailor-made Facebook app.

For Facebook the benefits are obvious: An iPad app will help keep people tethered to Facebook.

Facebook also added support for social games on mobile versions of its social networking service. And that's clearly a win for Zynga Inc., developer of the popular FarmVille game.

jessica.guynn@latimes.com

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