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How badly do you want an all new, all better Facebook for iPhone app? Well...

Facebook's iPhone app getting a complete, natively-coded, totally re-designed update is once again in the news today, though this time with the names of some former Apple talent behind it. Bloomberg says the people involved in the update include:

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App Giveaway: Plume for iPhone

Plume for iPhone builds a list of all the links that are shared by all the people you follow on Twitter, making it is easy to browse through and enjoy them -- and enjoy them we want you to do! That's why we're giving away 5 promo codes!

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Merge contact info into metacontacts with IM+ for iPhone and iPad update

The popular instant messaging client for iPhone and iPad, IM+ has received an update that allows users to merge multiple accounts of one contact into a metacontact. It also includes iCloud support to sync your IM+ settings and preferences across your iPhone and iPad.

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OS X Mountain Lion now available, and what it means for iOS users

OS X Mountain Lion, the 8th generation of Apple's desktop operating system and the elder brother with which iOS shares much of it's digital DNA, is now available in the Mac App Store.

$19.99 - Download now

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Learn the systems of the human body with Anatomy & Physiology REVEALED: Skeletal & Muscular

Anatomy & Physiology REVEALED: Skeletal & Muscular is a new education app by book publisher McGraw-Hill that will help students learn the skeletal and muscular systems of the human body. It features a beautiful layered UI that is jam packed with over 5,000 anatomical structures, videos, and animations.

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Receive notifications when specific users send a tweet with Tweetings 5.4 for iPhone

Tweetings for iPhone has received an update that allows you to receive notifications anytime specifically chosen users send a tweet, so you can make sure you never miss a tweet from @iMore, for example. Twitter for iPhone also recently added this per-user notification feature, so it's great to see other Twitter apps follow suit.

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Regarding reaction to the reaction to Sparrow being end-of-lined

Yesterday it was announced that Google had acquired Mac and iPhone Gmail app Sparrow, and that the Sparrow team would be joining the Gmail team, and Sparrow would be receiving no further updates.

Some users were really disappointed, and expressed as much here on iMore, on Twitter, and through various other mediums.

And that led to some push back from some developers. Matt Gemmell best framed the push-back, so not to single him out, but to provide context for the discussion, I'll link to his framing. Here's a brief excerpt of what he posted on mattgemmell.com, but do go read the whole thing before continuing here:

Cue predictable squawking on the internet. The same thing happens every time there’s an acquisition of a smaller, indie dev company or product by a larger company.

People try to dress their reaction up as a principled stance or a community cause, but that’s at best wrong-headed thinking, and at worst wilfully egocentric bullshit.

This is one of the most classic blunders in customer relationship management. No, not "never get involved in a land war in Asia...", but "never take up an equal and oppositely wrong headed, egocentric position in an argument".

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Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Selected Recipes for iPad review

Julia Child is famous for revolutionizing home cooking in America by bringing us the essential French repertoire of classic dishes and now 32 of her recipes come alive for the first time on the iPad. These 32 recipes are the most often prepared and best-loved dishes from the book Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1 and include careful explanations of technique, discuss buying the right ingredients (or finding substitutes), and planning ahead. In addition to the recipes, Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Selected Recipes includes colored photos of each finished dish, 30 video clips from The Way to Cook video series, audio pronunciations of the names of French dishes, and more.

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Poll: Sparrow users, are you sticking with Sparrow for iPhone or switching to one of these alternatives?

Sparrow users, what will you do for Gmail on iPhone now?

Google has bought Mac and iPhone Gmail app, Sparrow, and while it will still be maintained, it will no longer be kept in active development. What that effectively means is, no more Sparrow for iPhone, at least not in the way that matters.

So, if you're a Sparrow user, what do you plan on doing?

You can certainly keep using the Sparrow app we have today until, at some point in the future it stops working. You won't get that push update you've been waiting for -- you won't get any new updates, but you'll keep what you have. For a while, at least. But you also have some other options...

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iPhone and Mac Gmail app, Sparrow, acquired by Google

Sparrow, the elegant, delightful Gmail -- and general mail -- created for the Mac and brought over to the iPhone, has announced they've been acquired by Google. Sparrow CEO Dom Leca announced the deal on the Sparrow blog, saying in part:

Now we're joining the Gmail team to accomplish a bigger vision — one that we think we can better achieve with Google.

Which is, to say the least, bitter sweet from a user's perspective, and immediately brings a few thoughts to mind:

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