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Facebook Blocked Apple's Ping Network

Unnamed sources are claiming that Facebook is currently blocking Apple's Ping service because it violates Facebook's terms of service. Because of this, Apple has apparently delayed Ping's Facebook Connect feature.

According to reports, Facebook originally denied Apple's new social network access to application programming interfaces (API) that allowed Ping to hunt down an iTunes user's Facebook friend who had also signed up for Ping. Typically the API is open and doesn't require permission unless a 3rd party needs to access Facebook excessively.

Because of Ping's excessive requirement, Facebook and Apple went into negotiations. Apparently the two could not reach an agreement, leading Facebook to suggest that Ping users could add friends by performing a search or send an email.

Steve Jobs reportedly described Facebook's demands as "onerous terms," however the Facebook Connect feature remained in place during Wednesday's presentation and after iTunes 10 became available. Sources claim that Apple went ahead and accessed the Facebook API freely anyway, however Facebook eventually blocked Ping, leading Apple to temporarily discontinue the Facebook Connect feature.

Both parties are said to be back into negotiations, possibly to incorporate a more "robust" Facebook Connect feature later in the future.

"Facebook believes in connecting people with their interests and we’ve partnered with innovative developers around the world who share this vision," Facebook said in a statement. "Facebook and Apple have cooperated successfully in the past to offer people great social experiences and we look forward to doing so in the future."

  • jimmysmitty
    Probably not a bad idea for Facebook to block them until Apple gets a hold on all the scams and spam.

    Wait..... they probably never will.
  • Agges
    "Onerous terms" are quite lopsided coming from the CEO of a company that insists on unidirectional EULAs.
  • eklipz330
    hmm, actually it looks like apple wants a piece of the social pie

    but if im right, facebook will probably release their own version of this, and keep the upper hand
  • HibyPrime
    Theres gotta be a way stop those spammers...

    On topic: Isn't this grounds for a lawsuit? Apple asked Facebook if it could use it's APIs for a specific purpose, Facebook effectively said no, then Apple did it anyway. They got sued over a similar issue with the iPhone name...

    Also, it seems a bit weird to call them an API, but I suppose thats the best fit. How about a new term? Maybe OWI (Open Web Interface) ?
  • nforce4max
    This is why I don't do Apple nor Facebook.
  • nightcrawl3r
    Just update my Itunes and tried out their ping. It's pretty good and having the ability to add friends from facebook will be great.
  • furylicious
    Uh oh, Drama!11!!

    Both companies are a complete joke.
  • f-14
    yes i quite agree, i hope the spammers and hackers take them both down in utter iflames
  • "Please Facebook, let us steal your user base from you by integrating facebook friends with Ping."

    Typical Apple, wants everything, gives nothing. Don't like it? Jobs will just tell you to piss off.
  • eddieroolz
    Apple at its best!

    "They blocked us? Who the hell cares. Just use it anyway."