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Twitter Just Sold Its Developer Platform To Google (engadget.com) 27

Google has acquired a part of Twitter -- the part that isn't about tweets. Twitter's mobile developer platform Fabric will become part of Google, both companies announced Wednesday. From a report: Acquired by Twitter in 2014, Fabric is "a modular mobile platform" designed to help app developers improve the "stability, distribution, revenue and identity" of their products, according to Twitter's blog post. Everything from the ability to natively embed tweets in other apps to signing in with your Twitter credentials were made possible by Fabric. Now that it's been reacquired, Fabric will merge with Google's Firebase development platform. "We quickly realized that our missions are the same -- helping mobile teams build better apps, understand their users, and grow their businesses," the Fabric team wrote in its announcement. "Fabric and Firebase operate mobile platforms with unique strengths in the market today." And if you're an existing Fabric customer, don't worry, the platform will continue to function. You'll just need to agree to the new terms of service, which will be available once the deal is completed.
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Twitter Just Sold Its Developer Platform To Google

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  • by MountainLogic ( 92466 ) on Wednesday January 18, 2017 @05:32PM (#53691805) Homepage
    Must of bought it because their IoT platform is named Thread.
  • I was thinking we needed more spyware. You can never have enough. Thanks Twitter and Google.
  • by rmdingler ( 1955220 ) on Wednesday January 18, 2017 @05:37PM (#53691833) Journal

    You'll just need to agree to the new terms of service, which will be available once the deal is completed.

    Rooting for the Google Sky Map [dailypicdump.com] version.

  • Most likely they already have something better in house and if not, there probably is a better thing in open source world. But then again, this is Google. They'll probably shut it down next year. They probably did an acqui-hire and just needed the engineers, not the technology.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    To turn the word SAD! into an emoji.

  • Twitter waffled for so long about exactly what kind of relationship it was going to have with its budding developer community. I can honestly say I'm surprised their decision went in this direction, but at least they made a decision ... I guess?

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