Russian search engine Yandex reached an agreement with Facebook, giving it access to the social network’s “firehose” of public data for the search engine’s users in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, other Commonwealth of Independent States countries, and Turkey.
Social network Path became the latest application to lose access to Facebook’s find friends application-programming interface, prohibiting Path users from accessing their Facebook friends lists and sending them invites or follow suggestions.
Facebook’s latest acqu-hire is one that may prove popular with application developers, as David Weekly and Nathan Schmidt, two of the three co-founders of startup Gaston Labs, parent of photo-newsletter creator Ohana, will start working at the social network Monday.
Facebook once again demonstrated that it does not believe imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, blocking access to its find friends functionality from recently launched free messaging application MessageMe.
After Facebook revoked access to its data from Russian search engine Yandex’s Wonder iOS application last week, Yandex announced that it will pull Wonder from Apple’s App Store and put the social discovery app on hold.
In recent days, Facebook has been cutting off data access to applications that have been using it in ways that either compete with or replicate what the social network does — first with Voxer, then Wonder, and most recently Vine. Facebook Director of Platform Partnerships and Operations Justin Osofsky clarified his company’s stance with regard to sharing data. In essence, apps that allow users to share data back to Facebook are OK, while those that do not violate the site’s platform policy.
Add one more application to the list of those being blocked by Facebook: Vine, a new video-sharing app from Twitter, joined Russian search engine Yandex’s Wonder and voice-messaging app Voxer on the list of apps that have been denied access to the social network’s data during the past week.
Thursday, Russian search engine Yandex released a mobile application, Wonder, that was something like Facebook’s graph search mixed with Siri. From an iPhone or iPod Touch, someone could ask Wonder, “What sushi restaurants do my friends like in San Francisco?” and it would come up with a list, based on their Facebook friends’ likes and check-ins. A few hours after the app went live, Facebook pulled its data from Wonder.