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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 28, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 28, 2012

It's Friday once again folks, with most of you already enjoying the weekend. Today, the iPhone 5 launched in 22 additional regions around the world, setting Apple's plan to have it in over 100 countries by the end of the year on track. Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for the sad state of Apple Maps today (recommending some other Maps apps in the process), and we took a closer look at his words in a new column. Even more surprising is the fact that the iOS App Store now features a download page specifically for other Maps applications.

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Instagram beats twitter for the first time in daily mobile user metric

Instagram beats twitter for the first time in daily mobile user metric

Unless you live under a rock, you know what twitter and Instagram are. Twitter is a microblogging platform and Instagram is the photo taking and sharing application that allows users to apply all sorts of filters to their pictures. Recent data from a comScore mobile measurement report has shown that Instagram has beat twitter in daily mobile users for the first time ever.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 25, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 25, 2012

We've had a rather interesting Tuesday here at SlashGear, thanks in no small part to RIM. The company held its BlackBerry Jam today, introducing us to new BlackBerry 10 features like Peek and Flow. We also learned that BlackBerry 10 will come with support for your favorite social networks, even offering a native Facebook app. Carrier testing on the new mobile OS will begin next month, and RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said that BlackBerry has a good shot at becoming number three behind Android and iOS.

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Google grabs Snapseed for Google+ Instagram retort

Google grabs Snapseed for Google+ Instagram retort

Google has snapped up Instagram-rival Snapseed, part of the apps and services portfolio of Nik Software, with the team responsible for the photo editing app apparently being integrated into Google+. Terms of the deal have not been announced, but according to insiders it's Snapseed - currently available for iOS, PC and Mac, and with an Android version in the pipeline too - that was the main target, The Verge reports, rather than the company's other image processing software.

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Facebook’s $1bn Instagram deal finalized

Facebook’s $1bn Instagram deal finalized

Facebook's Instagram acquisition has been completed, the $1bn deal that saw the huge social network snatch up the mobile photo service, and it comes as Instagram passes the 5bn photos mark. The deal, announced back in April, was mired in no small amount of regulatory attention, but has been finalized today, with both firms keen to point out that Instagram will retain a fair degree of independence.

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Twitter severs Tumblr friend finder privileges

Twitter severs Tumblr friend finder privileges

It seems twitter is out to cut any application that creates a lot of traffic via its friend finder feature off the teat. Not too long ago Twitter cut Instagram off from the friend finding service and now a second major service has been cut off by twitter. Blogging platform Tumblr has had its friend finding privileges ended by twitter.

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FTC Facebook Instagram investigation ends silently

FTC Facebook Instagram investigation ends silently

Today an investigation into the proposed purchase of the photo sharing app Instagram by the social network Facebook has been ended as silently as it was started. The acquisition of Instagram was made famous earlier this year as Facebook payed a reported $1 billion dollar sum to take over the brand in its entirety. The FTC's Bureau of Competition worked with the Bureau of Economics to investigate the deal to make sure no anticompetitive business practices were taking place - they found nothing to write home about.

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Instacube hits Kickstarter aiming to show off your Instagram feed

Instacube hits Kickstarter aiming to show off your Instagram feed

Digital photo frames have been around for a long time and have proven to be very popular. There are a few digital photo frames out there that have Wi-Fi connectivity allowing them to show photographs from social networking sites such as Facebook and others. Some these frames even have their own e-mail address so you can e-mail a photograph directly to the frame for a loved one to view. A new project on Kickstarter called the Instacube reminds me of a web connected digital photo frame made specifically for Instagram.

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