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Facebook earnings show messaging is the way to profit

With their earnings call today, Facebook announced the typical myriad of financial statistics. A giant increase in both revenue and profit carry the day, but additional news from their various entities more than suggest their direction. When it comes to Facebook and the user, the message is clear: messaging is their new direction.  

Timehop app hands-on: providing a daily trip back in time

Timehop, as a service, has been around for many years now. But given the app just recently arrived in the Play Store, it may be one that flew under the radar of many Android users. The premise here is simple, Timehop takes you back in time. The app is one that you'll only need to launch once per day, and it will show you what you were doing one, two, three and four years earlier.

Instagram may ditch Foursquare for location tagging

Instragram may be migrating away from Foursquare. The photo sharing service currently uses Foursquares database for their location services. It seems that Instagram is now testing Facebook Places for that location tagging feature, an odd move considering the breadth of other popular services currently sing Foursquare.

Instagram v5.1 arriving with focus on design and speed

Instagram has announced the latest Android app update. This one is arriving as version 5.1, and should be immediately noticeable due to the new look. Instagram for Android now has a flat design. This is described as being a "cleaner" design, however the folks at Instagram are also touting the new speed.

Instagram sends out event invitations for December 12

Instagram sent out invitations to members of the press recently, inviting them to “share a moment” with the team. The invitations, which came with a block of wood covered in an Instagram photo, note that the event is at 10am on Decemer 12th in Manhattan. The block of wood also has a slit in the back, which seems to be for hanging on a wall.

Snapchat has a new COO in Instagram’s Emily White

Snapchat has snapped up a member of Instagram management, naming her COO. Emily White, former Director of Business Operations at Instagram, will be the new COO of Snapchat. In a discussion with All things D, White said “It happened really quickly, but to have an actual COO role in one of many companies that is disrupting the communications arena is one I could not pass up.”
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