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Instagram photo app passes 1 million users; Amazon reportedly on track to sell 8 million Kindles

INSTAGRAM The Twitter photo poster Twitpic took about a year to reach 1 million users. Photosharing app Instagram has done it in three months.

Users started signing up in droves within a few minutes of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app’s debut at the iTunes App Store on Oct. 6, the Instagram team said in a blog post. The app involves a slew of languages -– including Russian, Chinese and Italian –- and a range of filters with names like “Toaster” and “Earlybird” that users can apply to photos.

Gathering such a large network had initially seemed like “a big hairy audacious goal” for the free app, the team wrote.

The social photo app space is crowded, with offerings from other developers such as Flickr, PicPlz and Path.

In other numbers news, Bloomberg is quoting anonymous sources who claim that Amazon will probably sell more than 8 million Kindle e-readers this year, compared with about 2.4 million last year.


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-- Tiffany Hsu

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