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Yes, Apple’s Chomp Has Bitten the Dust

Apple confirmed Monday that it has fully discontinued the Chomp service it acquired earlier this year.

As of Monday, the iOS app is no longer available from the App Store, and those with it already on their devices are greeted with a message informing them of the service’s end. Clicking OK takes one to the App Store.

That’s Apple’s way of letting customers know that it has taken what it wants from Chomp and built it into its own storefront.

Apple discontinued the Android app for Chomp back in April.

Chomp isn’t the only Apple service that won’t live to see the holidays. The ill-fated Ping music social network is also digital dust and ashes as of today.

The App Store is due for an upgrade later this month as part of iTunes 11. Better app discovery and Facebook integration are among the new features.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik