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Facebook Connect Pulled From Apple iTunes Ping Music Social Network

Facebook Connect is now missing from Apple’s new social network “iTunes Ping,” after it was apparently working during Steve’s keynote demos. There seem to be mixed messages coming from Apple, according to interviews that All Things D’s Kara Swisher conducted with Apple’s Steve Jobs and Phil Schiller: “Schiller was enthusiastic about finding friends via Facebook, while Jobs said Zuckerberg and co. were demanding “onerous terms” that Apple refused.”

However, there’re clues that Facebook Connect was meant to be in iTunes. If you’re following no one, you’ll see a message on your People page that says, “You’re not following anyone. Connect with Facebook, search for people, invite friends, or follow recommended people to get started.” Facebook Connect is even mentioned in the Welcome to Ping email you get when you first sign up.

According to tips “problem is primarily on Facebook’s end — the service is currently denying requests from Ping, and the resulting errors apparently caused enough other problems for Apple to pull the plug on the connection entirely until it’s fixed,” reported.


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