Trending Tuesday: October 28


What’s everyone talking about this week? Catch up on some of the week's trending topics including Twitter saving Twitpic’s data, Google’s new Inbox, an Apple Pay block and more.

Twitpic saved by Twitter

Mere hours before Twitpic was set to be shut down, thereby losing all of its users data, the photo-sharing platform was helped out by the social networking platform Twitter. The platform first began seeing trouble in September when Twitter threatened to remove Twitpic’s access to the Twitter API after an argument over the Twitpic trademark. The agreement between the two companies states that all the Twitpic links and photos will be kept alive, but Twitpic will no longer accept new content, making it read-only. Users will also still be able to log into their accounts and to download or export data.

Photo credit to Twitpic

Apple Pay being blocked by some retailers

In an interesting move, some retailers (including CVS and Rite Aid) have begun disabling their NFC card readers and preventing Apple Pay use. The stores have a plan to work with a new method of mobile payment set to debut in 2015 that uses a combination of an app and QR codes. As many users experienced, the NFC readers worked last Wednesday but had been disabled by Thursday morning, only three days after Apple Pay had launched.

Photo credit to Brian DePalo on Flickr. 

Buzzfeed acquires startup Torando Labs

The internet news media company Buzzfeed has acquired its first business since receiving 50 million dollars from Andreessen Horowitz. The company is buying the startup Torando Labs, in an attempt to build its first data engineering team. Buzzfeed intends to build the technical infrastructure it needs to support their big data acquisition efforts. Previous Buzzfeed acquisitions include the startup Kingfish Labs. Torando Labs previously worked on an opinion sharing app called Gelato, which failed to gain traction.

Photo credit to Scott Beale on Flickr. 

Google rolling out invites to Inbox

Last week, Google released its new mail app Inbox, and this week began rolling out the potential for invites. The new app is supposed to be an alternative to Gmail, with new features like Bundles that bundles together similar emails like receipts and Highlight that compiles important information together like flight or rental reservation emails.

Photo credit to Google Inbox