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  • PicPlz Pretties Up Android App And Begins Accepting (Beta) API Applications

    PicPlz Pretties Up Android App And Begins Accepting (Beta) API Applications

    Last week, we noted that mobile photo-sharing app PicPlz rolled out a bunch of improvements to their app in an effort to better compete with rival Instagram. Sadly, that new polish was only for their iPhone app at the time. But today brings good news for Android fans: the same features! And there’s a bonus too: PicPlz is now accepting applications for access to their API. PicPlz has… Read More

  • Snoopin' On Instagram: The Early-Adopting Celeb Joins The Photo-Sharing Service

    Snoopin' On Instagram: The Early-Adopting Celeb Joins The Photo-Sharing Service

    Step one: obtain a ton of users. Step two: get brands to leverage your service. Step three: get celebrities to use your service and promote it. Step four: mainstream. While these steps obviously aren’t a one-size-fits-all thing, they have been a pretty standard set of rules for a number of popular startups in recent years. Twitter and Foursquare immediately jump to mind. And now it… Read More

  • Instagram For The BlackBerry [Screenshot]

    Instagram For The BlackBerry [Screenshot]

    Inspired by the epic Angry Birds for Blackberry, Myspace VP Sean Percival has come up with a hypothetical of what the popular photosharing app Instagram would look like on the text heavy and camera weak Blackberry platform. The above image is particularly humorous when coupled with the fact that Instagram, which just hit one million downloads, has not yet launched on… Read More

  • PicPlz Adds Speed, Polish As The Mobile Photo Wars Rage On

    PicPlz Adds Speed, Polish As The Mobile Photo Wars Rage On

    As many of you are well aware, I write about a photo sharing service, Instagram, quite a bit. In my opinion, they’ve hit the right combination of speed, utility, and fun within a mobile photo app. And while they’re growing fast, they’re hardly the only player in the space. In fact, there are dozens of rivals in Apple’s App Store alone. Of those, arguably the most… Read More

  • Beyond The Filters: Brands Begin To Pour Into Instagram

    Beyond The Filters: Brands Begin To Pour Into Instagram

    What do NPR, NBC News, Playboy, Pepsi, CNN, Starbucks, Grammys, and David Blaine all have in common? They’ve all recently signed up for Instagram. Yes, the mobile photo sharing service. And there’s apparently a plan beyond simply sharing filtered pictures with fans. For now, that plan appears to be engagement. For example, when Starbucks unveiled their new logo a few weeks ago… Read More

  • Instagram Blocks Followgram, But API Should Be Released 'In Next Week Or So'

    Instagram Blocks Followgram, But API Should Be Released 'In Next Week Or So'

    In an interesting turn of events, it looks like photo sharing app Instagram has blocked startup Followgram for scraping the app’s data without their consent. Followgram was developed to add a web interface to Instagram photo sharing, which has been restricted to mobile apps for now (with the exception of when users Tweet or share photos via Facebook or Flickr). Using an RSS feed… Read More

  • Instagram Shuffle Adds Roulette To Photo-Sharing

    Instagram Shuffle Adds Roulette To Photo-Sharing

    Instagram is no doubt the latest rage in photo sharing, recently crossing one million users after less three months of being open to the public. While the company is planning to open up its API in the near future, one developer has built a nifty new app on top of Instragram that has a roulette type of feature to access photos created and published via Instagram’s iPhone app. Called… Read More

  • Camera+ Records An App Double-Double: 1 Million Downloads, 1 Million In Revenue

    Camera+ Records An App Double-Double: 1 Million Downloads, 1 Million In Revenue

    Increasingly, you hear about huge download numbers of popular mobile applications. But few give out actual revenue numbers that are equally impressive. The reason for this is obvious: most simply don’t have impressive revenues. And part of the reason for that is that many of the biggest apps are free. But TapTapTap long ago decided that model wasn’t for them when it comes to their… Read More

  • Twitter’s Golden Egg: Location

    Twitter’s Golden Egg: Location

    Twitter’s core strength—limiting posts to 140 characters—has created opportunities for other websites and apps to siphon off and capture users around activity that originated on Twitter. These new sites and services leverage Twitter’s distribution pipes, free of charge, offering little or nothing in return. In 2010, these common tweeting behaviors created opportunities… Read More

  • Flickr Should Have Built Instagram. But They Didn't. Here's Why.

    Flickr Should Have Built Instagram. But They Didn't. Here's Why.

    Back in June, we reported on the departure of Kellan Elliott-McCrea from Yahoo. While not hugely known outside the developer community, we had received several tips indicating just how important Elliott-McCrea was to the Flickr team, where his role as “Architect” was supposedly “vital” to the service. So who better to answer questions about Flickr than Elliott-McCrea… Read More

  • It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad App World

    It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad App World

    Editor’s note: Contributor Jon Evans is an author and software engineer. He hails from the Great White North, but we let him write here anyway. Report from the app-development trenches: it’s gettin’ kinda crazy out there. I’ve lost track of how many NDAs I’ve signed this year from people with app ideas. Old coworkers and previous clients have deluged me with so… Read More

  • Instagram Captures A Million Users. Up Next: API, Android, And Funding

    Instagram Captures A Million Users. Up Next: API, Android, And Funding

    It was exactly three months ago yesterday that I first wrote about Instagram. At the time, a number of people wondered why I devoted 1,000 words to a simple photo-sharing app that was only available on the iPhone and not even out yet. The answer was that I had a feeling it would be a hit. And it is. The service has announced today that they’ve reached a million users. It took Foursquare… Read More

  • Gowalla Snaps Back: 1 Million Photos …But Foursquare May Hit That In 2 Weeks

    Gowalla Snaps Back: 1 Million Photos …But Foursquare May Hit That In 2 Weeks

    Yesterday morning, Foursquare pushed out a big update to their iPhone app that included the ability to add pictures to check-ins for the first time. This functionality matches the one that rival Gowalla has had for some time now — 9 months, actually. And today, Gowalla hit a milestone with pictures: 1 million. But signs point to Foursquare closing in on that number quickly. Very… Read More

  • Foursquare Checks In Comments And Pictures; Instagram, PicPlz, Foodspotting On Board

    Foursquare Checks In Comments And Pictures; Instagram, PicPlz, Foodspotting On Board

    Earlier this month, location-based service Gowalla went on the offensive against rival Foursquare — by linking up with them. Yes, they created a way for you to use Gowalla to check-in on Foursquare (and Facebook). Why would they do that? Because they said that users told them they felt the Gowalla experience was better, but many of their friends were already using Foursquare. So what… Read More

  • Instagram Gains Suggested Users, 7 New Languages, And Yes, 2 New Filters

    Instagram Gains Suggested Users, 7 New Languages, And Yes, 2 New Filters

    An update to Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app for the iPhone, has just hit the App Store. And while the version numbering (1.0.6) may not make it seem like a big update, there are a few notable things about the latest version. First of all, in an effort to drive more social connections for new users, they’ve added a suggested users list. Second, they’ve added seven new… Read More

  • The 5 Myths Of Building A Great Mobile Team

    The 5 Myths Of Building A Great Mobile Team

    Editor’s note: As the Web goes mobile, every Web company needs to build mobile products. Author Elad Gil, director of Geo at Twitter, has a lot of experience in that area. Way before selling his company Mixer Labs to Twitter last year, he kickstarted Google’s mobile efforts back in 2004, when Google’s mobile team “consisted of 1/4 of an engineer dedicated to maintaining… Read More

  • Twitter Gains Much-Needed Instagram Support And Full Songs From Rdio

    Twitter Gains Much-Needed Instagram Support And Full Songs From Rdio

    For the past few months, probably something close to half of my tweets have been links that take you off of the site. My bad. But tonight I have good news! If you too are addicted to Instagram — which it seems about a quarter of the people I follow on Twitter are — you’ll no longer have to leave twitter.com to view those pictures. Yes, New Twitter has expanded their right pane… Read More

  • Instagram Captures Their First Big Brand Partner: National Geographic

    Instagram Captures Their First Big Brand Partner: National Geographic

    There seems to be a common cycle for many startups. First, you capture users. Then, you capture brands/celebrities. Then you capture revenues. Most startups never make it past step one, let alone steps two and three. The mobile photo sharing service Instagram rocketed past step one in about a week. And then kept going. Now it’s time to explore step two. Which is exactly what… Read More

  • Death/Star: Galaxy Tab

    Death/Star (Episode 1): The Galaxy Tab, Instagram, and Boxee Box (TCTV)

    Welcome to Death/Star, a new show we are testing on TechCrunch TV. It’s a product review show with a twist. My co-host, CrunchGear editor John Biggs, and I give our opinions on three hot products. In the inaugural episode we cover the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tablet, photo-sharing app Instagram, and the Boxee Box. To spice things up, we try to go beyond the traditional… Read More

  • Yet Another Hot Startup Leaves A Gaping Security Hole In Its iPhone App

    Yet Another Hot Startup Leaves A Gaping Security Hole In Its iPhone App

    It’s no secret that most people are remarkably lax when it comes to online security. They’ll reuse the same password everywhere, and will connect to open Wi-Fi hotspots without a second thought as to who might be sniffing their traffic (Firesheep, anyone?). Which makes it all the more frustrating when startups launch their products without industry-standard security features that… Read More