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January 30, 2013

Technology News Briefs — Jan. 30, 2013

Twitter Acquires Crashlytics

Twitter has snapped up Crashlytics, a software company that provides crash reports for mobile apps.

“We’re excited to announce: we’re merging with Twitter to take our platform to an entirely new level,” the Crashlytics blog reads.  “Much will remain the same. Development of Crashlytics will continue unabated and we remain dedicated to working with all of our customers — current and new, big and small — to deliver the key app performance insights they need.”

The company gives customers an iOS software development kit enabling them to construct an approximately 40KB sized crash reporting feature into an app. Although it is currently only available for iOS apps, Crashlytics has said it is working on an Android version.

“Going forward, we’re thrilled to work with the incredible team at Twitter,” the blog reads. “We share a passion for innovating on mobile and building world-class applications. Joining forces will accelerate our build-out, allowing us to leverage Twitter’s infrastructure to deliver new features faster than ever.”

Rdio Debuts Free Music Service Internationally

Rdio is going international to offer its free music streaming service in 15 countries.

The move will give listeners access to the more than 18 million songs in its library. Listeners in Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden can now stream music whenever they want.

Free access is also available in the United States, where Rdio’s music streaming service launched in 2011 with listening limits that refresh monthly.

“If you’re a new Rdio listener, you can now sign up at, and enjoy up to six months of free music, depending on how many songs you stream,” reads the company blog. “Free streaming is available through the Web or Rdio’s desktop apps for Mac and Windows and no credit card is needed to start listening. A meter at the top of your profile page will keep you updated on how much free music you have remaining each month and at any time you can upgrade to Rdio Web, Rdio Unlimited, or our Family Plan to stream unlimited music.”

Google+ Now No. 2 Social Network

Facebook may still be the king of social media, but Twitter has been unseated by Google+ for the runner-up spot.

According to Global Web Index (GWI), Facebook enjoyed 693 million active users globally in December with Google+ a distant second at 343 million. YouTube placed third with about 300 million active users and Twitter was fourth with 288 million.

“Interestingly for Google, YouTube (not previously tracked by us as a social platform) comes in at No. 3, demonstrating the immense opportunity of linking Google’s services through the G+ social layer,” reads a GWI blog post.

“This is also a key indication of why Google+ integrated with the Google product set is so key to the future of search and the Internet. We’ve got more coming on Google+ later this week as well.”

Global Web Index chart