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Facebook cuts Yandex's Wonder access to data

Twitter's Vine is handed the same treatment
Fri Jan 25 2013, 16:04
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SEARCH OUTFIT Yandex has found its Wonder app barred from searching on Facebook's social graph hours after its launch.

Yesterday Yandex launched Wonder, a search app that combines social network search to provide information on things you might like. However hours after Wonder was launched, Facebook reportedly pulled search access for the app from its social network.

While Yandex's Wonder app uses multiple social networks, check-in services and music streaming services, Facebook blocked it from searching its social graph, its most valuable commodity. Of course Facebook launched its own social graph searching tool earlier this week, which it hopes will be a boon to advertisers that want to mine Facebook users' data for their profit.

Facebook has been busy limiting third party access to its valuable data, with Twitter's video sharing system Vine also having its access to Facebook blocked less than a day after it launched.

It seems that while Facebook offers APIs to access parts of its data, software developers that it believes could have a chance to make money from its data will quickly get the boot, something that could put off smaller developers from working with Facebook's APIs.

Yandex did not reply to a request for comment by press time. µ


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