Google block on Facebook heats up war

Google has blocked Facebook from “scraping” some types of data from its servers, setting off a telling skirmish in the broader war between the two internet powers that many observers believe will shape the next phase of the web.The new bar ends Facebook’s automated access to lists of contacts kept by Google’s Gmail users, considered valuable data as Facebook seeks to expand the “social graph” of connections it maintains for its own 550m users. see:Google bars data from Facebook as rivalry heats up
Google Inc will begin blocking Facebook and other Web services from accessing its users’ information, highlighting an intensifying rivalry between the two Internet giants.Google will no longer let other services automatically import its users’ email contact data for their own purposes, unless the information flows both ways. It accused Facebook in particular of siphoning up Google contact data, without allowing for the automatic import and export of Facebook users’ information.

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