Friday, September 03, 2010

Apple-Facebook Friction Erupts Over Ping - NYTimes.com

It’ll be interesting to see if Apple is as effective as Facebook is, in terms of purging forged identities.  Of course, if Apple also prohibits iTunes Ping content that is "hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence,” as Facebook does, that will limit the opportunities for discourse on modern popular music…

It is also not clear why Facebook did not call Apple to resolve the issue before it pulled the plug on Ping connections.

In the meantime, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has been testing Apple’s social network, opening his own account on Ping. So has another Mark Zuckerberg, whose profile says “It’s true, I invented Facebook.” One of them is fake. From the looks of it, the one that doesn’t have a picture and doesn’t boast of having invented Facebook is the real one, as that user is connected to at least one other Facebook executive, Bret Taylor. Mr. “I invented Facebook” appears to have no connections to other Facebook execs.

Apple-Facebook Friction Erupts Over Ping - NYTimes.com

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