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Twitter loses Reportage for iPhone

Reportage was WhereCloud's insanely creative iPhone Twitter app that let users "tune in" to other users' timeline -- like a radio station for tweets. I say was because Twitter's swerve away from the developer friendliness that helped them build their platform and their rapid acceleration into ownership plays that may -- or may not -- help them ensure its future has led WhereCloud to stop development.

Martin Dufort, who TiPb interviewed as part of our Developer Spotlight series two weeks ago, explains it was the the culmination of 4 changes by Twitter that led to his company's decision:

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Developer Spotlight: Martin Dufort and Fred Brunel of WhereCloud

TiPb's developer spotlights are like DVD/iTunes Extras for the App Store -- a weekly look behind the scenes at the programers and designers that bring you the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games you love. This week Rene talks with Martin and Fred from WhereCloud.

What are your names? Martin Dufort (CEO), Fred Brunel (CTO)

What's your company's name? WhereCloud Inc

Where do you live? Montreal, Canada

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TiPb Give Away: Reportage Twitter "Radio Tuner" for iPhone

Following too many people on Twitter? Can't separate the friends from the freaks, celebs from the geeks? Reportage [$1.99 - iTunes link] for iPhone and iPod touch takes an innovative "radio tuner" metaphor and uses it to cut through the Twitter chatter and let you stay up to date on just who you want, when you want. And thanks to developer Wherecloud, we're giving away ten (10) free copies to kick the New Year off right!

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Reportage Twitter "Radio Tuner" Version 1.5

iPhone Twitter clients are best in class, point finale, but no one client can be great at everything which is why specialty Twitter apps like Reportage 1.5 [$1.99 - iTunes link] can be so valuable.

While the original Reportage impressed by virtue of concept alone, it had a few rough edges overall. Reportage 1.5 addresses those, baking in good browsing and replying to go along with the great reading.

If you ever find yourself getting lost in the timeline, following too many people who make too many tweets, Reportage and its "radio tuner" metaphor can be a great way to find just what you're looking for. If you check it out, let us know what you think.

Screen shots after the break!

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Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, SportsTap, Zombies & Me, The Weather Channel, Reportage - TiPb Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb, bloggers and forum crew alike, will bring you our current favorite, funnest, most useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they're iPhone (or iPod touch) related, they're fair game.

So who's on deck this week and what are our picks? Find out after the break!

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Quick App: Reportage Twitter "Radio Tuner" for iPhone

If the iPhone and Twitter go together like chocolate and peanut butter, then for the most part current iPhone Twitter client developers give us many variations of the peanut butter cup. Tasty confections though they may be, and each unique and delicious in their own right, at the end they still tend towards variations of the peanut butter cup.

Enter Reportage from wherecloud [$2.99 - iTunes link], which rearranges those twin flavors like nouveau cuisine, utterly deconstructed and left for you to explore.

Too obscure? Okay, rewind. Reportage bills itself as a "radio tuner" for Twitter where followers are treated like stations on the FM dial and you can tune in (or tune out) to what they're saying, and spin the dial to move from user "station" to user "station".

It should be noted at the beginning that Reportage isn't a general purpose Twitter workhouse. There are tons of those already. Like Birdhouse, which models itself on a "notebook" writing experience for Twitter, Reportage has also chosen to focus on one specific concept -- pseudo-"live broadcast" of the Twitter users you follow.

Keep that in mind as we go along...

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