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Instagram and Twitter at war? The He said, She said story

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Kristen Laing

Tuesday, December 18, 2012    

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PHOTO-SHARING, social media website, Instagram shut off integration with Twitter's photo-posting feature last Wednesday, the latest move in the battle between the two social media sites since Facebook bought Instagram last April.

As Facebook and Twitter have an already strained relationship, both are trying to get the bigger slice of the social media market pie. It would only be natural that the acquisition of Instagram, a staple in Android and iPhone users, would intensify the battle.

Twitter announced last week that Facebook has ended all support for their Twitter cards, a product launched earlier this year, which allowed companies to better integrate their content into tweets, instead of just posting URLs.

This means that Twitter users will no longer be able to view Instagram photos within their Twitter feeds, but will be presented with URLs in tweets as it was before the Twitter integration.

A representative from Facebook has stated that Instagram CEO, Systrom said recently that one of the main reasons his service cut off the Twitter card integration was that "Instagram wants its users to view their photos on its own website and not on Twitter".

However, Twitter will not take this move lying down, as they have stated openly in a report to the New York Times that they plan to offer their own set of photo filters through their mobile applications, to fill any gap that Instagram may leave behind.

And in the Microsoft corner, PC sales drop 21 per cent following Windows 8 launch

WITH Windows 8 being officially only a month old, it may be understandable to some why the newly launched operating system is not bringing in the projected revenue.

But according to the market research group, NPD, not only is Windows 8 not pulling its weight in sales in the initial four week launch, but sales for PCs have dropped 21 per cent when compared with the same period a year ago.

According to NPD, Windows 8 accounted for 58 per cent of all Windows device sales in it's first four weeks. But when compared to the 83 per cent that Windows 7 grabbed during its initial four weeks, that number is unimpressive to say the least.

Notebook sales, which have already been on the decline all year thanks to the popularity of smaller, cheaper tablets, took a dive by 24 per cent.

While desktop sales, which seemed to be regaining original popularity also took a dive, by nine per cent. And as for Windows 8 tablets, their sales have been "almost non-existent" capturing less than one per cent of all Windows device sales over the four week launch period.

"After just four weeks on the market, it's still early to place blame on Windows 8 for the ongoing weakness in the PC market," Stephen Baker, vice-president of industry analysis at NPD, said in a statement.

"We still have the whole holiday selling season ahead of us, but clearly Windows 8 did not prove to be the impetus for a sales turnaround some had hoped for."

Windows may "not know why" sales for their Windows 8 devices were not up to the projected numbers, leaving them with a lot of unanswered questions.

So, adding another one to their list, we may just have the answer: How can you have a Windows OS without the iconic Start button?

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