Yandex's Wonder app latest to be quashed by Facebook

The Russian search firm is halting the app's development after Facebook blocked its API access

By Zach Miners, IDG News Service |  Internet

"The reason behind Facebook's decision to revoke our access to their data appears to be that they do consider Wonder to be a search engine," Isaev said, though he added that the company's understanding of Wonder differs from that view because the app does not index publicly available information, only data from friends.

Yandex says it is pursuing partnership opportunities with other social networks and services to offer users "a richer Internet experience via Wonder." The company identifies itself as the most popular search engine in Russia with 60 percent of all search traffic.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

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