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the Google – Facebook war is sure to be more vicious than the Google – Apple war because Google and Facebook have the same customers: advertisers. Users are their currency, and Facebook is about to rob the bank.
You can now reshare and embed other people’s Vine videos from the app with the latest Vine app update. The embed code is only available from the video’s web page though, so it’s a bit more complicated than a simple reshare.
Nick D’Aloisio, the 17 year old creator of news summarizing app Summly, will be spending the next 18 months as a Yahoo employee after Yahoo paid him $30 million for his expertise and insights to improve Yahoo’s news and mobile products. Summly was built to deliver a summarized version of the news so people can easily and quickly catch up with what’s going on, but following the acquisition, Summly will be killed off.
Twitter is seven years old today (happy birthday Twitter!) so Matthew Panzarino decided to pretend that he’s a Twitter newbie and see what it’s like for someone to sign up and check out Twitter for the first time.
Twitter has certainly went through a number of different variations in seven years and each brought different points of views and perspectives into people’s understanding of the service. It looks as though Twitter may have found its more permanent feel over the past year and what we are seeing now and in the near future would be the manifestation of that vision.
Probably the most detailed profile story of Line anyone could find on the Internet at the moment. From its roots in Japan to how the platform plans to expand to the US and the rise of Spain as Line’s second largest market after Asia, it is growing in a similar way across the world. While word of mouth kicks off Line’s adoption among mobile subscribers, the company follows up with TV advertising starring the country’s most popular celebrities. Line’s US CEO Jeannie Han says that it’s entirely possible that Line will be spun off to be its own company.
Chris Wetherell is one if the original team members at Google who created Google Reader. Yesterday the company announced that it will discontinue the highly popular app. Wetherell spoke with Om Malik about the project which was never meant to go ahead in the first place.
Since then it has become a favorite among news junkies and bloggers but Google is setting its sights elsewhere. Google+ to be precise. And to have Reader, Current, and G+ running concurrently, delivering similar service is perhaps seen as inefficient.
Most people expect up to two seconds for an app to launch but to be fair, many apps probably won’t launch in two seconds due to all the components that it has to load and for a lot of those apps, Internet access is a crucial component.
Built in camera apps on smartphones and tablets generally take at least three seconds from launch to being able to take a photo. This applies to the app being launched using a physical button as well as launched from the icon on screen.