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GODZILLA VS. KING KONG: In related news, Facebook has blocked a link to the new iTunes-spawned Ping social network that would have let users automatically add Facebook friends to their Ping contacts, sources told All Things D. In response, Apple removed the feature. Facebook made the move after the two companies failed to reach an agreement over access. Facebook Connect and Ping were briefly connected before and just after the new service’s launch Wednesday. Jobs told All Things D’s Kara Swisher that Facebook was seeking "onerous terms" from Apple in exchange for the ability of iTunes' 160 million users firing up Ping for the first time to add their Facebook friends. Jobs suggested using search or email to add friends to Ping. The feature wouldn’t have enabled the sharing of any other Facebook data. Sources told the reporter that the two companies are continuing discussions in hopes of hammering out a deal. (9/3a)

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