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Twitter Acquires Mobile App Startup “Summify”

Twitter has bought news-hungry Canadian startup Summify for an undisclosed sum. The upstart biz, which developed a mobile app that automatically rifles through articles being shared across social networks and gathers them together, will up sticks to Twitter’s San Francisco office.

“Our long-term vision at Summify has always been to connect people with the most relevant news for them in the most time efficient manner,” Summify said in a blog post announcing it had been sold to the staggeringly popular micro-blogging site.

As hundreds of millions of people worldwide are signing up and consuming Twitter, we realised it’s the best platform to execute our vision at a truly global scale. Since Twitter shared this vision with us, joining the company made perfect sense,” it added.

However, as part of the deal, Summify said that “at some point” it would be shutting down its current product. With immediate effect, the company said it was removing the ability for its users to make their “summaries” public. Profile pages and “influence” pages are also being ditched. Summify’s auto-publish option will be killed, and user registration via its website, Apple’s iPhone and Hootsuite apps have been switched off.

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