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Trending This Week: Google and Yahoo Still Exist

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It’s been less than two months since Facebook set the Twittersphere aflutter after announcing its plans to acquire photo app company Instagram for $1 billion, but the social networking site is already moving on and has released an iOS app that looks and functions almost identically to Instagram’s.

On Thursday Facebook announced the application - for the iPhone and iPod Touch - called Facebook Camera, intended to make it easier to take and share pictures on the site.

Interesting.

While many thought it strange Facebook would pay $1 billion for a tiny photo app company, even more are finding find it strange that Zuck’s team didn’t use Instagram in the development of these 15 app filters.

Well, it’s not really.

For starters, Facebook really wasn’t worried about having to compete with Instagram, instead feared the popular company would land in a competitor’s hands, thereby giving them a head start.

In addition, in the period leading up to the Facebook IPO, analysts were questioning how Facebook could increase revenue with its relatively weak mobile segment.

It looks like the motives are becoming clearer, although how effective they will be remains to be seen. However, they are definitely designed to seriously beef up its mobile applications to help users more easily share content.

Facebook app

After all, Instagram has 40 million users. Facebook has 900 million. That means there likely are a few people not on Instagram, but still taking photos and uploading them to Facebook.

 Breaking News: Google is Still with Us

Despite all the attention on Facebook’s efforts to take over the world, that little search company in Palo Alto, Calif. is still busy at work.

This week Google’s Developer Team introduced versions and libraries in App Script.

Who cares, you say?

Well if you’re like many developers I’m sure you’ve spent some time writing the same piece of code over and over again. Or used scripts to do something that you thought others might want to do as well.

Now you can share and reuse those scripts as libraries, right from inside Google Apps Script.

Yahoo!

Wait, who? Those guys are still around?

Indeed.

Yahoo has made several moves recently including adding a new chief executive after yet another resume scandal expelled the CEO. Although the company has seen its share of the display ad market is shrink, and can barely make a dent in the Google search space, they have decided to join the browser wars (remember those?) with one of its own, dubbed Axis.

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