We’ve written about the Bump app and technology every so often in Music Ally: initially a way for people to swap iPhone contacts by bumping their phones together, it expanded into files, photos, videos and music over time, as well as launching an API for other apps to use. However, Bump‘s time as an independent company is over: it was acquired by Google this week for an undisclosed sum, although reports suggest the price was somewhere north of $30m. Bump’s app had been downloaded more than 100m times, but on iOS it’s about to be cannibalised by Apple’s own AirDrop feature in its new iOS 7 software. Google’s track record of keeping acquired apps running is mixed, so there is inevitable speculation that Bump and its sister photo-sharing app Flock will be canned. Something not entirely dispelled by CEO David Lieb’s blog post: “Bump and Flock will continue to work as they always have for now; stay tuned for future updates.”

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