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Cook talks Apple aquisitions at D10

Cook talks Apple aquisitions at D10

This week Tim Cook spoke at the most recent All Things D conference in their opening ceremony about a great many things, not least of them on how Apple plans on continuing their pattern of purchasing smaller companies. Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg inquired with Cook as to why companies like Facebook and Twitter have different amounts of integration with Apple's mobile products, this leading Cook to note that as far as Facebook goes: "We have great respect for them. I think we can do more with them. ... They have their way of doing things, but people could say the same thing about us." This lead directly into Swisher's next question on whether or not Cook saw Apple making more acquisitions of companies in the future.

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Facebook’s own-brand Instagram rival prompts head-scratching

Facebook’s own-brand Instagram rival prompts head-scratching

Facebook's decision to launch its own Facebook Camera app this week, despite having announced a $1bn grab for Instagram only weeks earlier, continues to confuse, with some suspecting Zuckerberg & Co. have finally lost the plot. It's been a shaky few weeks for Facebook, with Mark Zuckerberg forced to defend his decision to buy Instagram, a tumultuous IPO not helped by Nasdaq's technical issues and complaints of over-inflated valuations, and ongoing concerns around privacy. Now, replicating Instagram with a home-grown alternative, Facebook's mobile strategy is under the microscope again.

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iOS Facebook Camera app launches in face of Instagram

iOS Facebook Camera app launches in face of Instagram

It appears that Facebook has taken the time to create their own independent photo application not unlike what they've worked on for Android (and quickly rescinded) just weeks ago. This application will be rolling out to fans across the earth soon with quite a few features extremely similar to what users of Instagram are already used to using. What you wont be getting here is shares within the app only (as Instagram can do) and sharing with other social networks all at once - this is purely a Facebook thing.

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Facebook Instagram deal faces 6 month hold

Facebook Instagram deal faces 6 month hold

This week it seems that Facebook doesn't quite have full ownership of the photo taking and editing app Instagram - not yet, anyway. Before its $1 billion dollar deal can go through, the Financial Times reports an FTC regulatory probe must be completed - until then there will be a delay. The Federal Trade Commission has taken a "second request" after its first 30-day review of the deal, a review that at first happens with any deal in the United States that equals over $66 million dollars as a matter of course - and of course, there does seem to be some issues.

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Facebook Instagram deal faces FTC delay

Facebook Instagram deal faces FTC delay

Facebook's $1bn acquisition of camera app Instagram could be delayed, insiders have suggested, with the US government investigation into the deal potentially causing the social network to miss its Q2 2012 deadline. Although a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) probe into any deal of this size is standard, two people familiar with the investigation tell the Financial Times that the Instagram deal could be under the microscope for anything from six to twelve months.

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Zuckerberg defends $1bn Instagram grab to IPO investors

Zuckerberg defends $1bn Instagram grab to IPO investors

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has defended his $1bn acquisition of Instagram, telling skeptical investors at the social site's IPO roadshow that there's still huge growth potential in the camera app. The site founder told a New York investor gathering that Facebook had spotted a "tipping point" in Instagram's user data, The Telegraph reports, with Zuckerberg showing up for presentation duty wearing his traditional hoodie and jeans as he tried to justify what's believed to be a purchase he approved with little to no input from the company's board.

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TwitPic for iPhone takes on Instagram

TwitPic for iPhone takes on Instagram

TwitPic has launched its first mobile app, TwitPic for iPhone, a free photo and social app that pits the Twitter-sharing site against Instagram. Released today, TwitPic for iPhone takes a photo-centric approach to Twitter, rather than most apps for the short-message service which prioritize text sharing, and bundles various filters and effects for processing shots before publishing them.

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Instagram hits 50 million users

Instagram hits 50 million users

Facebook buying Instagram for $1 billion might be pretty cool, but the service hitting 50 million registered users is even cooler. Spurred on by the acquisition, plus the recent release of Instagram for Android, users are falling over themselves to get on board the image sharing service. According to the Instagram API, new users are joining at a rate of 5 million per week.

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Facebook earnings turn to Instagram and Yahoo

Facebook earnings turn to Instagram and Yahoo

There's something to be said about a company as seemingly fantastically successful as Facebook in regards to earnings which show growth over the year, but not over the quarter. That appears to be the case with Facebook here in their Q1 earnings report which has them at $1.06 billion revenues here in the first fiscal quarter of 2012, this up from $731 million during the same quarter last year but down from $1.131 billion the last quarter of 2011. That said, Facebook's earnings call has many similar shows of ups and downs, including how it's about to deal with Instagram.

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Fake Instagram Android app infects system with malware

Fake Instagram Android app infects system with malware

Instagram has been getting a lot of buzz as of late thanks to the Facebook buyout. Why you would try to download it from anywhere other than the Play Store, we don’t know, but it turns out there is a malicious version of the app in the wild. Russian developers have released a fake version of Instagram that when installed will send SMSs in the background. The messages are sent to a premium number which helps generate revenue for the developers.

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