This Week in Mobile: Twitter acquires Mitro, LinkedIn’s profits, Google adds Hangouts feature and Facebook requires Messenger app
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Twitter acquires password security startup Mitro
The social network buys Mitro, which focuses on password security and lets it keep operating as is — the only change is now the startup’s code will be open source. On Thursday, Mitro announced that it is joining Twitter in its New York office and will be “focusing on a variety of geo-related projects.” The company will not be integrated into the social network, but rather keep working on its own products that let several people share passwords to one account. via @techcrunch
LinkedIn’s profits and revenue ahead of expectations, growth in all segments
LinkedIn reported a steep increase in revenue and profit for its second quarter , saying business rose across all three of its major units, particularly by mobile users. The social networking service that bills itself as a website for professionals said Thursday that mobile devices continue to change its business, accounting for strong upticks in usage. “Mobile continues to drive a growing share of engagement,” said Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn’s CEO, saying mobile usage is increasing three times faster than the site overall. via @cnet
Google adds Hangouts feature from Google+ to its business apps
The search giant is giving Google Apps customers access to its videoconferencing feature, no Google+ account needed. On Wednesday, Google announced that it’s untethering its Hangouts video chat feature from the company’s Google+ social network and more deeply integrating it into Google’s suite of apps for business users. Now, Google Apps customers will be able to use the service even if they don’t have a Google+ account. via @cnet
Facebook requires standalone Messenger app for mobile chat
Facebook ends mobile messaging on its main app worldwide, prompting users to download its standalone chat app. The world’s largest social network said Monday it has begun the final phaseout of mobile messaging through its main Facebook app. Now, if users want to chat on Facebook, they’ll have to do it through the standalone Messenger app via @techcrunch
Apple wins patent for crowd-sourced traffic navigation
The envisioned system would help you plan your route by analyzing stop lights, stop signs, and obstacles that can slow your trip. Imagine a navigation system that can guide you based on the number of stop lights, stop signs, and obstacles along the way. A new Apple patent describes just that. Granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, an Apple patent called “Routing based on detected stops” takes the concept of crowd-sourced navigation a few steps further than usual. via @cnet
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