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LinkedIn hands out almost 3,500 iPad minis to employees as 'a special reward'

by Doug Drinkwater

February 14 2013

Apple's iPad mini has so far found favor in a number of schools and hospitals
Apple's iPad mini has so far found favor in a number of schools and hospitals

Business social network LinkedIn has just rolled out 3,458 iPad minis to all of its full-time employees, showing once again that enterprises are showing a keen interest in smaller tablets.

LinkedIn product manager Mike Grishaver confirmed the news on the company’s website and compared chief executive Jeff Weiner to Oprah Winfrey, if only for his new-found interest in bearing gifts.

“Jeff 'Winfrey' Weiner decided to give every [LinkedIn] employee an iPad mini today as a special reward for our recent results," said Grishaver, who works on the company's marketing solutions team.

Another spokesman later revealed that each full-time employee (there are 3,458 in total) will be getting a 32GB 7.85-inch iPad mini in white or black, and said that it was a “small gesture of the company’s gratitude” for recent results.

Just last week the firm reported that its fourth quarter revenue rose to $303.6 million, with income settling at $11.5 million. The results beat analyst forecasts and have also helped boost the company’s share price ever since.

That wasn’t the only good bit of news coming out of LinkedIn early this year with the social network also recently noting that it now has more than 200 million users.

Business Insider reports that Weiner may have got the idea for the move from YouSendIt CEO Brad Garlinghouse. The pair worked together at Yahoo, with Garlinghouse giving iPad minis to all YouSendIt employees over the holidays.

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