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Instagram private messages incoming: Snapchat battle imminent

Instagram private messages incoming: Snapchat battle imminent

Having seen the writing on the wall, Instagram appears to be preparing for head-on battle with the likes of Snapchat for social micro-networking supremacy on the smartphone. Reports today suggest that Instagram will be rolling out private messaging before too long, allowing people to send images and videos direct to one another without the pesky in-between of the public. Snapchat’s mainstay, meanwhile, remains the self-destructing messaging market.

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Instagram for Windows Phone lands today (but it’s half-baked)

Instagram for Windows Phone lands today (but it’s half-baked)

Instagram for Windows Phone arrives today, landing in the Windows Phone Store complete with Live Tile support. However, the much-anticipated app is lacking a few features compared to its iOS and Android cousins, most notably that video support isn't present at release. Whereas the existing apps for other platforms allow short video clips to be recorded and shared, Windows Phone users will need to wait for a future update to get that functionality.

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Facebook Snapchat acquisition tipped a double-down no-go

Facebook Snapchat acquisition tipped a double-down no-go

Word this week on the ever-growing messaging service known as Snapchat is that they've rebuffed Facebook's advances not once, but twice over the past year. While you'll want to take this whole collection of points with a grain of salt due to their entirely anonymous nature, the Wall Street Journal suggests that "people briefed on the matter" have made it clear: Snapchat will not be part of Facebook. At least not any time soon.

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Shots of Me launches to Bieber fans and doubters alike

Shots of Me launches to Bieber fans and doubters alike

Shots of Me, the Justin Bieber-backed selfie app for iOS, launched today. Despite Bieber doubters' derision, the app could actually serve a variety of useful and fun purposes--and not just in terms of marketability to high schoolers. The app's intentional lack of commenting functions, the frosty-screened button bars, the emphasis on human interest rather than inanimate objects, and other features could potentially make for an engaging social photo experience.

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Twitter custom timelines creation duty given to TweetDeck

Twitter custom timelines creation duty given to TweetDeck

This week Twitter has announced a new Custom Timelines feature for Tweets, the creation of these timelines given - at first - to TweetDeck alone. Using Tweetdeck, Twitter users will be able to create a custom timeline of Tweets then publish them to Twitter - Twitter will then display them on a unique page that's editable from Tweetdeck.

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Twitter IPO sees early 73% rise on NYSE

Twitter IPO sees early 73% rise on NYSE

Today Twitter begins its journey into the public realm with their Initial Public Offering, seeing a relatively quick rise in price of each share in early hours of trading. The Twitter IPO began with the company offering up 70 million shares with stock priced at a cool $26 USD per share. Soon after the initial offering, the first trade was made at $45.10 a share, making an impressive 73% jump right off the bat.

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Facebook Q3 2013 earnings have company grow by leaps and bounds

Facebook Q3 2013 earnings have company grow by leaps and bounds

This afternoon Facebook’s financial Q3 report included word that the company was running up on expectations for growth, beating both 3-month and 6-month totals over the 2012 season at this time. This earnings report included word from CEO Mark Zuckerberg that “the next phase of our company” was ready to unfurl. Facebook’s report began with word that they’d also attained a powerful 728 daily active users on average for the month of September, an increase of 25% compared to the same period in 2012.

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