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Facebook has found a workaround to Google's refusal to let new Facebookers easily upload their contact lists from Gmail to Zuckerberg's monster social network.

Google said last week it would stop Facebook accessing the Gmail API unless Facebook provided similar access to Google's services.

When you first sign up to Facebook it offers the option of importing all your email contacts from Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail and other email providers.

Facebook's workaround requires users to first upload their contacts onto their own computer, then send them on to Facebook. Not too onerous, but a little trickier than just clicking a button.

Google said at the time of the original ban that it would be flexible with smaller companies that might struggle to provide reciprocal access to contacts.

An engineer told Techcrunch that Google could block the workaround too, but doing so might screw up other features. ®

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