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Facebook photo-sharing app in development for Apple’s iPhone?

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Facebook may be building a photo-sharing app for smartphones and tablets, in a bid against social networking apps from Instagram, Hipstamatic, Path and even Twitter.

The Palo Alto-based social network is the world’s most widely used, with an estimated user base of more than 600 million, and it’s also the most popular photo-sharing website, with more than 100 million photos uploaded daily.

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According to the website TechCrunch, Facebook is developing an app for Apple’s iOS operating system (used on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) that would allow users to take and edit photos, then share the shots on Facebook.

In Facebook fashion, users would also be able to ‘like’ photos from friends, tag people they know in pictures, check-in to locations, comment on shots and group photos into albums, TechCrunch said, adding that the site was given screenshots of the app from an unnamed source at the social network.

The screenshots don’t make it clear whether Facebook is building a standalone photo-sharing app, a Web-based HTML 5 app, or simply adding the new photo taking and sharing functions to the pre-existing Facebook iOS app, TechCrunch said, adding that maybe they’re doing all three.

Facebook officials were unavailable for comment on the report on Wednesday.

[Updated 4:11 p.m.: A Facebook spokeswoman emailed along a company statement that neither confirmed nor denied the TechCrunch report, stating: ‘We’re constantly working on new features and enhancements to our products but have nothing new to announce at this time.’]

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

twitter.com/nateog


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