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TwitPic staves off impending shutdown with acquisition announcement

09/18, 9:27pm

No details available on acquisition or company behind it, no legal plan stated

It turns out that TwitPic won't be forced to shut down after all, according to a tweet sent out on the official TwitPic Twitter account. Apparently, an interested party came to the rescue by acquiring the company, allowing it to fight off its recent conflict with Twitter -- at least for now. TwitPic was previously said to be winding down on September 25 as a result of a trademark dispute with Twitter.

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Twitter gets user galleries of recent photos

08/22, 5:35pm

Twitter user galleries roll out

Twitter on Monday quietly added user galleries for its photo options. Recent images uploaded to a service that Twitter already recognizes directly, such as Instagram, TwitPic, yFrog, and Twitter itself, are now curated into multiple views. It can either show a limited amount in details or expanded into a dedicated grid view.

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Twitter direct image sharing live on the web, mobile soon

08/09, 5:35pm

Twitter direct image sharing now ready

Twitter on Tuesday quietly started giving some users, including ourselves, access to its promised direct image uploading. Those using the pure web app can now upload images when composing a new update or reply. The service uses Photobucket to host the images and will keep most readily accessible, although Twitter has warned that photos will eventually go away.

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Kootol targets Apple, more on patent it doesn't own yet

07/15, 5:25pm

Kootol sends notice to Apple on messaging patent

Unknown software house Kootol on Friday sent notice to many companies claiming that they allegedly violate a messaging patent. It targets a wide swath of the industry that includes Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Foursquare, Microsoft, Nokia, RIM, Twitter, and others all allegedly violate a patent for "Method and System for Communication, Advertising, Searching, Sharing and Dynamically Providing a Journal Feed." Unusually, Kootol doesn't actually have the patent and is instead acting on a Notice of Allowance that lets it act on the patent but still requires that it pay for the patent later.

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Twitter may unveil own image service Tuesday

05/30, 5:40pm

Twitter may have TwitPic rival soon

A last-minute rumor has Twitter near launching its own image service. More than one tip hinted that an equivalent to Lockerz, TwitPic, Yfrog and other services was about to arrive as soon as tomorrow. The TechCrunch tip didn't say what if any differencesit would have over other services.

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Twitter web overhaul borrows cues from iPad app

09/14, 8:50pm

New Twitter page uses iPad-like panes

Twitter tonight held a special event to give an early look at the new Twitter. The new page draws directly from the design of the iPad app and makes content show automatically in a second pane rather than popping out a new window. Photo hosts like Flickr, TwitPic and Yfrog, as well as video hosts like Ustream and YouTube, will have their content embedded in a format that's more helpful both to computers and to tablets like the iPad.

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