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Twitter acquires troubleshooting start-up Crashlytics

29 Jan 2013

Twitter has agreed to acquire mobile application troubleshooting start-up Crashlytics in what looks to be a bid to improve the reliability of its platforms.

Crashlystics co-founders Jeff Seibert and Wayne Chang announced the deal via a company blog post. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"We share a passion for innovating on mobile and building world-class applications," the co-founders wrote.

"Joining forces will accelerate our build-out, allowing us to leverage Twitter’s infrastructure to deliver new features faster than ever."

Based out of Massachusetts, Crashlytics develops crash reporting tools. The company currently offers reporting tools for iOS, though it also plans to develop an Android application as well.

Seibert and Chang said that following the close of the deal, the company will aim to continue to operate as usual. The pair did not disclose precisely how it would be integrating with Twitter.

"We built Crashlytics to deliver the world’s most powerful and lightest-weight crash reporting solution," the pair said.

"With us, developers gain instant visibility into the precise line of code that caused a crash, enabling them to more easily fix issues."

News of the deal comes on a busy day for Twitter. The company on Monday released its government transparency report. According to Twitter, the firm complies with some 57 percent of all data disclosure requests it receives.

Last week, Twitter beefed up its mobile lineup with the release of the Vine video posting platform. The tool allows users to post and share short-length videos.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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