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Apple acquisition of Path 'essentially a done deal'

09/10, 10:10am

Company may be making second go at social networking

Apple is poised to announce an acquisition of the Path social network, says a source claimed to be within Apple's engineering team. "It's almost done, if not signed already, but it's essentially a done deal," the person claims. The source adds that Apple is interested in more than just talent, and wants Path to be incorporated partly or wholly into its Messages app.

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Briefly: Path 2.0 for Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1 Store updated

05/14, 2:20am

Path for Windows Phone exits beta, adds in-app purchases

Mobile social media network, Path, has released v2.0 of its app for Windows Phone 8. Exiting its beta stage that first arrived in January, the update adds in-app sticker and filter purchases and the ability to run searches. Bug fixes and overall stability improvements are also included. Path for Windows Phone can be downloaded from the Windows Phone app store.

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Briefly: Shazam adds new quick lyrics access, Path updates for iOS 7

02/10, 11:28pm

Shazam update includes new look, direct access to video content

Shazam has released a re-design for its iPhone app, rolling out prior to its larger update release due later this month. Today's update features a new app aesthetic, with its interface offering easy access to previewing, buying and sharing music. In v7.4, users can now quickly access lyrics with a preview as soon as a track is matched, as well as have direct access to music video and additional videos related to a song. Shazam for iPhone is available through iTunes, and is free to download.

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Briefly: Path adds Video to Android, Verizon Moto X KitKat rolls out

02/05, 6:07am

Path adds Instagram-style video clip sharing, filters

Path has finally added video to the Android version of its app, bringing it in line with the iOS version. The official Path blog writes that users of Android 4.0 or later can use the video function in the app, which takes after Vine and Instagram in offering up to 30-second clips, with the option to add a variety of camera filters to the video before sharing with others. Path 3.4 is available to download via Google Play.

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Path updates app, introduces premium advertisement-free service

09/05, 2:11pm

Option to pay $15 per year for unlimited Path Shop content

Path has started offering premium subscriptions for its service to its users, providing unlimited access to a number of items, as well as removing advertisements. The paid service comes at the same time as the private social network introduces more privacy-related features, and commences a global partnership with T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom.

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Path to pay $800K fine for collecting info from children

02/01, 1:56pm

Company made to establish long-term privacy program

To settle charges of obtaining personal data from children without parental consent, Path has agreed to pay an $800,000 fine and set up a privacy program, the US Federal Trade Commission has announced. To comply with privacy concerns, Path will moreover have to get independent privacy assessments performed every other year for the next 20 years. The core issue is only indirectly related to problems with the handling of address book data; specifically, the FTC has been investigating the age gate system in Path's iOS app, which it says led to violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, better known as COPPA.

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Apple enables promised privacy safeguards in iOS 6

06/14, 7:49pm

New version will now require explicit permission for info access

Apple's forthcoming iOS 6 will contain a change in app permissions, one that is aimed at increasing user privacy in the wake of embarrassing security breaches involving iOS apps. In the new version of iOS, apps will be prohibited from accessing certain user information without explicit user consent.

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Lenses added to Path for Android

04/19, 6:45pm

Path Android gaining iOS app features

Users of Path can now use Lenses on the Android version (Free, Google Play) of the social network-enabled photo sharing app. Lenses, available to iOS Path members for the last year, allow the user to apply filters to the viewfinder, before taking the photograph itself.

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Path app for Windows Phone under development says CEO

03/25, 9:10pm

Path set to arrive on WP7

The popular social networking Path (Free, App Store) is under development according to the company’s CEO Dave Morin. Currently the app is only available on iOS and Android (Free, Google Play) and already has a user base of over 2 million. Morin said that although the iOS platform accounts for 80 percent of its development time, he believes that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS is ‘impressive.’

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Apple, iOS app makers targets of questionable privacy suit

03/18, 2:15pm

Apple, Path, Facebook, others in lawsuit sights

A new lawsuit (below) filed last week and uncovered on Friday by CNET could try and take Apple and key iOS app writers to task for alleged unapproved contact access. The potential class action case accuses those who've admitted to any access, such as Path, Twitter, and Instagram, of violating privacy by becoming "mobile radio beacons" that were "broadcasting and publicly exposing" contact lists to everyone. Questionably, however, it also names the developers of numerous other unverified apps of doing the same thing, including Beluga, Burbn, Chillingo, EA, Facebook, Foursquare, Foodspotting, Hipster, Gowalla, Kik, LinkedIn, Rovio (Angry Birds), and ZeptoLab (Cut the Rope).

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Path co-founder allegedly 'grilled' by Apple CEO Tim Cook

03/15, 2:50pm

Contact book issue results in rare dressing down

The co-founder of Path, Dave Morin, was recently called over to Apple headquarters to be "grilled" by CEO Tim Cook and some other company executives, according to Bloomberg. The news agency cites "people familiar with the meeting" as sources. The ultimate outcome of the event is unmentioned in the new report.

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Instagram for Android in beta, may be better than iOS app

03/11, 5:55pm

Instagram on Android briefly shown at SXSW

Instagram's co-creator Kevin Systrom used a presentation at South by Southwest's technology conference to show the Android version of the company's app. Currently in a closed beta, it will support multiple screen resolutions and should run very quickly. Although shy on what it meant, he hinted that there would be some features that the iOS edition was so far lacking, if not permanently going without.

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Path 2.1 adds Nike+ updates, music ID

03/08, 3:40pm

Path gets big Nike and music updates

Path updated its self-titled iOS app (App Store) Thursday to uniquely combine features from other activities in its social stream. By using a newly available API to plug other services into Path, the title can now automatically posts Nike+ GPS runs as generated by the Nike app, taking them once they've reached the cloud. A Shazam-like music matching feature can now identify nearby music and provide a link to buy it in iTunes.

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Congress asks Apple to answer questions on developer data

02/15, 1:35pm

Path scandal raises data collection worries

US House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Commerce Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Chair G.K. Butterfield have together sent a letter to Apple, asking whether "iOS app developer policies and practices may fall short when it comes to protecting the information of iPhone users and their contacts," notes The Next Web. The letter quotes sections of the iOS Developer Center site, where Apple says it provides a collection of tools and frameworks for storing, accessing, and sharing data, and questions whether Apple requires apps to ask permission before sending personal data. Also quoted is the Dustin Curtis article Stealing Your Address Book -- which says that "there’s a quiet understanding among many iOS app developers that it is acceptable to send a user’s entire address book, without their permission" -- and a report that suggests developers may have the contact details of people like Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, and Mark Zuckerberg.

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Twitter admits to storing iPhone contact info for 18 months

02/14, 10:20pm

Company criticized for holding data

Twitter has reportedly admitted that it currently stores smartphone contact information for 18 months after users initiate the "find friends" feature found in the company's mobile apps. The data stored on the company's servers includes address book fields such as names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers.

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Path closes contact sharing hole on iPhone, apologizes

02/08, 4:10pm

Path deletes user contact lists, outs Path 2.0.6

Smartphone app developer Path has apologized and fixed the tendency of its app to collect user's entire contact lists to its own servers when the app is first launched. The Android app was already fixed, and now, the developers have released an updated iOS app, version 2.0.6 (free, App Store) that won't upload the data without a user's permission. Dave Morin, Path's co-founder and CEO, also explained that the contacts were used only in the Add Friends features to notify users when their contacts log into the app.

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Facebook 'verbs' bring shared music, video, mobile apps

09/22, 2:40pm

Facebook music and video sharing unveiled at f8

Facebook continued its string of news at f8 by detailing its media sharing. Part of a new system of verbs that replace the generic Like, it focuses most on music: users can spot someone listening to a song in the live ticker and start listening to the same track. Services will still need to launch the separate app if it exists, but the method will let anyone listen to similar content if it exists in a subscription service.

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Facebook preps 'secret' Instagram rival app for iPhone

06/15, 1:15pm

Facebook iPhone app to merge Instagram, Path, With

A discovery Wednesday has shown that Facebook is developing a second iPhone app that would make it a prime contender to Instagram and other social photo apps. Nicknamed either Hovertown or WithPeople, the app would show both individual photos and events while exploiting the nearly 700 million-strong social network. Photos seen in the TechCrunch sighting would get the same likes as regular Facebook content but would show photos tagged with a friend's face.

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