Facebook’s Growing Tentacles

Facebook Inc.’s growing ambitions are redrawing battle lines in Silicon Valley.

As the seven-year-old company ramps up its hiring and adds new features to its social network, it is disrupting the businesses of established companies like Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc. and putting even more Internet firms on notice.

Facebook, which has more than 600 million users and was valued at $50 billion in a recent funding round, is grabbing online-advertising from Yahoo, Myspace and others. The social network is a potential rival in electronic payments to eBay Inc.’s PayPal, while partnerships Facebook is cementing with smartphone makers set the stage for competition with Apple Inc. and Google in mobile services.

Facebook’s growing ambitions are re-drawing battle lines in Silicon Valley, with big established companies and startups alike considering how to work with — yet maintain some independence — from the tech juggernaut. WSJ’s Geoffrey Fowler talks with Stacey Delo.

Meanwhile, Facebook is tussling with Google and Microsoft Corp. for top engineers.

Facebook’s Growing Tentacles

Facebook’s Growing Tentacles

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As a result, many Silicon Valley companies increasingly have to decide whether to treat Facebook like a friend whose reach and user data can help propel their own growth, or a foe that can become a destructive force.

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