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Published on Apr 16, 2012 by RussiaToday - If you haven't been timelined yet, you eventually will be! Why can't Facebook let its users choose their page layout? Why is Timeline enforced on hundreds of millions of users? What is Timeline -- a perfect way to present one's biography or a way to get to know the dirty laundry of someone who hasn't cleaned his/her page yet? Does Facebook violate people's privacy, and should anyone who chooses to register on the website put up with any Facebook's initiative?
Monday, April 9, 2012
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Facebook Inc has agreed to buy the Instagram photo-sharing/editing mobile application for about $1 billion in cash and stock. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted about the acquisition on his profile: "I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acq
“This is an important milestone for Facebook because it's the first time we've ever acquired a product and company with so many users ,'' Zuckerberg added. “
We don't plan on doing many more of these, if any at all.
Recognizing fears Instagram would simply be absorbed into Facebook, Zuckerberg also wrote “we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently.” Facebook said the transaction will likely close by the end of June.
Instagram, which has been described as the default photo app for smartphones, has gained 30 million users since it was first launched in Apple’s App Store in October 2010.
After being released on the Google-owned Android platform, the app surpassed 1 million downloads in less than 24 hours.
Instagram allows users to take pictures and edit them with 17 filters. Two such filters provided a retro feel reminiscent of both Polaroid and Kodak Instamatic cameras.
The acquisition is also likely to boost Facebook’s upcoming IPO (initial public offering) as Instagram’s team of 10, as well as its millions of users, will now fall under the massive social networking service's umbrella.
Facebook is expected to complete its initial public offering of stock next month.
Windows XP, the operating system that launched in 2001 and just refuses to die, will still be getting security updates and hotfixes until April 8, 2014. With “just” two more years to go, though, Microsoft today reminded these users that it’s about time to upgrade their PCs. Microsoft stopped selling retail copies of XP in 2008. Just like XP, support for Office 2003 will also end in April 2014, so Microsoft is also using this occasion to remind these users that Office 2010 is indeed a viable alternative to an office suite that was released more than eight and a half years ago.
There are still millions of XP machines out there, however. According to StatCounter, just over a third of PCs in use today still run it and it was only last in October that Windows 7 overtook XP in global usage. Many of these users are in developing countries, but quite a few small businesses and even large enterprises in the developed world still use XP today. Even in the U.S., for example about 22% of all PCs currently still run this legacy operating system.