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Twitpic shutters, Twitter changing things up

Twitpic, a popular photo sharing app for social media, is closing after an extended legal battle with Twitter over their trademarked application.

According to founder Noah Everett, Twitter advised Twitpic that continuing use of the trademark would result in loss of use of Twitter's application programming interface. That would effectively disable Twitpic's connection with Twitter.

In a notice to users posted Thursday, Everett said, "Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark, which we believe whole heartedly is rightfully ours."

Everett noted that Twitpic users will be given time to download any photos saved on Twitpic.

Meanwhile, Twitter announced it is considering changes to the core social media site. Much like recent changes to Facebook's news feed, Twitter users could be served tweets out of chronological order. Also, they could be served tweets from people whom they do not follow.

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Twitter also is considering offering group chats.

Twitter CFO Anthony Noto told attendees at the City Global Technology Conference that the changes won't be sudden. "Individual users are not going to wake up one day and find their timeline completely ranked by an algorithm," Noto said.

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