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Google opens apps in Facebook challenge


Google is once again challenging Facebook, this time by offering Internet developers an open system to create applications that can be used on various sites. 

The OpenSocial system is a set of standardised tools to help developers build applications and embed them in different sites – so there's no need for customisation or rewriting.
It is also a challenge to Facebook as it may poach some of the developers writing applications on Facebook to Google, since they could then re-use their applications.
Apparently about a dozen developers have already signed up.
Last week, Microsoft bought a share in Facebook, beating Google which had reportedly also been eyeing a stake in the social networking site.