updated 04:45 pm EDT, Fri March 16, 2012
Pipe to allow 1GB file transfers in Facebook
A new app due to launch next week in beta form will bring file transfers to Facebook. Called Pipe, it will allow users to send large amounts of data, with individual files up to 1GB in size. The app will rely on Adobe Real Time Media Protocol Flow to let users drag and drop files.
The Pipe team has plans to expand to mobile platforms as well, but chose Facebook because it offers a kind of word-of-mouth advertising. Sending files using the app will require that the receiver will need to install the Facebook app as well, to which he's invited through a Facebook chat message.
A version of Pipe for iOS is also undergoing development, and is currently in the alpha stage. Once that's done, an Android version will be ported over as well.
The company's team includes CEO Simon Hossell, who was the European sales director of Gracenote, which handles cataloguing ripped files for iTunes and other music services. Product chief Marco Rydmann and operating head Philip Eggersglüss started online music search and download company Songbeat. [via GigaOM]