Vine Overrun By Port

Vine is off to a rough start. Since making its public debut last week, the Twitter-owned video-sharing startup has been overrun by porn.

As The New York Times’ Nick Bilton tweeted, this weekend: “Friend: ‘So are people using Vine for porn yet?’ Me: ‘Nah, I don't think so.’ Friend: ‘Check the hashtag #porn.’ Both: ‘Holy ****!’”

“Where there's media, there's porn,” ReadWrite.com reasons.

Yet, making matters worse, a day after Gawker christened Vine "America's hottest new porn search engine," one explicit video actually made it to the top of the site’s “Editors Picks” feed.

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Facebook Messenger For iOS Users Expands

Move over Skye. Facebook Messenger for iOS users can now call other Facebook Messenger for iOS users free of charge using Wi-Fi or their phone's data connection.

“It’s … a huge step for Facebook -- which with a single feature emerges as one of the largest communities of VoIP users in the world,” The Verge reports.

“Facebook has long been rumored to be building a phone of its own, but as we said a few weeks ago, it looks like the social network is already transforming our phones into Facebook phones,” ABC News writes.

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Apple May Buy Waze

Putting the spotlight on catchy apps, Apple is reportedly in negotiations to buy social GPS-navigation app Waze.

“Waze wants $750M and Apple is willing to do $400M plus $100m in incentives,” TechCrunch writes, citing a source. That’s despite reports that the startup had less than $1 million in revenue, last year. 

“Apple's reported interest in Waze is likely the result of the troubles it's experiencing with Maps, a built-in application in iOS that it launched last year,” writes CNet.

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Google Maps For iPhone Getting Rave Reviews

To Apple’s chagrin, Google Maps returning to the iPhone this week is getting more good press than a chimp in space.

“Hallelujah!” The Atlantic exclaims.  

“Call it an early Christmas gift from Google,” ABC News gushes.

Fortune, meanwhile, can’t wait to tell readers about “10 cool things about Google’s new Maps app for iPhone.”

Yet all the excitement only magnifies Apple’s failure to launch a successful mapping app of its own -- proving to some that, for all its successes, the company has serious Web service shortcomings.

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Instagram Disables Photo Integration With Twitter

Instagram -- the Facebook-owned photo filtering and sharing service -- officially disabled photo integration with Twitter, this weekend. “While users can still post links to their Instagram photos on Twitter, they’ll no longer be able to view Instagram photos from within the Twitter stream across both the Twitter Web site and mobile apps,” AllThingsD reports.

“Now when [users] share an Instagram photo on Twitter, only a link to the photo on Instagram’s site will appear on your timeline,” VentureBeat writes. “Sound the social alarm!” PCMag half-jokes.

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Facebook May Buy Atlas Solutions

Promising to reshape online advertising as we know it, Facebook is reportedly in talks to buy Microsoft’s Atlas Solutions ad-serving product.

“[Facebook] has been conducting due diligence on the media measurement platform, part of its efforts to create its own advertising network for third-party Web sites to compete with Google’s DoubleClick,” AllThingsD reports, citing sources.

“If completed, [the deal] would put Facebook one huge step closer to launching an ad network that could rival Google's in size and change the way advertising is done online forever,” writes Business Insider.

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Instagram, Twitter War Commences

Increasing tensions between Twitter and Instagram, Facebook’s photo sharing service has disabled the ability for Twitter users to properly display Instagram photos.

“Welcome to the Photo Wars,” The New York Times’ Bits blog writes on the news.

Addressing the move at a conference this week, Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s founder and CEO, said Instagram wants to take control of its content, TechCrunch reports.

“Instagram's CEO wants people to use the new Web client on Instagram.com because he thinks it is a better user experience,” writes The Verge.

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News Corp Shutters 'The Daily' App

Perhaps ahead of its time, The Daily is calling it quits after less than two years of operation. Where did News Corp.’s iPad-based newspaper go wrong?

“Our experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long-term,” News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch explained in a press release.

“The app was initially hampered by technical problems, but the Daily’s key issue was a conceptual one,” according to AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka.

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LivingSocial To Cut Staff

Throwing more cold water on what was once a white-hot daily deal space, LivingSocial is reportedly ready to cut about 10% of its workforce, or as many 400 jobs.

“For the 5-year-old social commerce company, the long-rumored layoffs reflect a struggle to stabilize itself financially after a frenzied headcount expansion in 2011,” the Washington Business Journal reports.

“The layoff shouldn’t come as much of a surprise following Amazon’s third-quarter earnings report, which blamed its $169 million loss on its stake in LivingSocial,” writes Mashable. “Amazon invested $175 million in the daily deal site two years ago.”

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Will Yahoo, Facebook Consider A Search Alliance?

Are Yahoo and Facebook in talks about forming a search alliance, or building a search engine together?

Yes, reports The Sunday Telegraph, citing sources. “Marissa Mayer, chief executive of Yahoo, has held discussions with Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, about how the two companies can work more closely together."

Not true (!), reports Kara Swisher in AllThingsD, citing her own scoffing sources. “Yahoo is not anywhere near ending its search partnership with Microsoft,” she writes. “It would be nearly impossible for Yahoo to extricate itself from the long-term contract easily.”

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