LinkedIn launches Contacts relationship management app for Apple's iOS

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LinkedIn is poised to release Contacts, a new application for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS platform enabling professionals to more effectively manage their relationships with clients and colleagues.

Also available on LinkedIn.com, Contacts brings together information from users address books, email accounts and calendars, keeping them up to date in one place. "From these sources, we'll automatically pull in the details of your past conversations and meetings, and bring these details directly onto your contact's profile," explains LinkedIn Contacts product lead Sachin Rekhi. "Get alerted on job changes and birthdays in your network, a perfect opportunity to stay in touch. Also, you can set reminders and add notes about the important people in your life."

LinkedIn will began sending Contacts invitations to select U.S. users over the coming weeks. "We're trying to change the game for LinkedIn," Rekhi told VentureBeat. "This is the first time LinkedIn is introducing a standalone app in addition to our suite of [core] mobile applications."

The LinkedIn professional network now connects 200 million members across 200 countries and territories worldwide. Earlier this month, the LinkedIn acquired Alphonso Labs, the company behind mobile news app Pulse, for a reported $90 million. LinkedIn will integrate Pulse's team and technology into the LinkedIn service to create the "definitive professional publishing platform." Last week, the company also rolled out redesigned applications for iPhone and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, promising new personalization options as well as more efficient access to professional information and insights.

For more:
- read this LinkedIn Blog post
- read this VentureBeat article

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