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Instagram CEO and Co-Founder Kevin Systrom (pictured) dealt with a bad misfire by penning a blog post with a perfect title: “Thank you, and we’re listening”. The company made waves, to say the least, by altering its terms of service and privacy policy this week to make it seem as though Instagram was planning to sell users’ photos for use in advertising. There’s nothing left for Instagram to do but backpedal on any new policies that users are angry about and clarify any misconceptions about what Instagram is actually planning to do. Regarding the use of photos in advertising, Systrom wrote that Instagram never intended to sell users’ photos, but that “Our... Read more...
In a change that will prove laughably unpopular, Instagram has altered its terms of service so that it can sell your photos to other companies for the purposes of advertising. The new policy stresses that users own their content, but the language is clear that Instagram can take what you own and do with it just about whatever they like. The policy states in part: Instead, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service, except that you can control who can view certain of your Content and activities on the Service as described in the Service's Privacy Policy...... Read more...
Instagram scored a $1 billion bid from Facebook simply by popularizing the practice of tarnishing an otherwise well taken photo with funky filters, and now Flickr is getting in on the fun. Maybe Yahoo's hoping Google will fork over a similar buyout offer for its photo sharing division? More likely, Yahoo's just giving users what they want, which is an ability to post retro looking snapshots. The newly updated Flickr app adds "16 unique camera filters," including Original (not really a filter), Panda, Mammoth, Ocelot, Chameleon, Wallaby, Iguana, Aardvark, Narwhal, Salamander, Flamingo, Toucan, Orca, Peacock, Chinchilla, and Orangutan. Lady Morgan caught sleeping with Flickr's Narwhal filter. Also... Read more...
Just as Instagram finished making its dramatic exit from Twitter, Pinterest stepped onto the scene with Twitter Card support. The feature means that you can put Pinterest photos in expanded tweets. Twitter has been working to improve the way images appear in its famously short messages, leading to Twitter Cards. This is good news for Twitter, which is likely to benefit from tweets in which users can see larger images without opening new tabs or pages. And Pinterest isn’t the first to get on board with Twitter Cards – in fact, Instagram was using the Cards API as well before leaving Twitter. But I have to wonder about how well this will work for Pinterest. If you can see an interesting... Read more...
Security researcher Carlos Reventlov discovered a vulnerability in Instagram version 3.1.2 on the iPhone 4 (iOS 6) that leaves users’ Instagram accounts open to attacks. Specifically, users are at risk for partial eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attacks that a ne’er-do-well could use to delete photos or even take over a user’s account and download private photos. Instagram’s login and profile data are sent via a secure HTTPS connection, but other requests are sent through plain ‘ol HTTP that uses only an unencrypted cookie for authentication. If an attacker is connected to the same LAN as a given user’s iPhone, the game is on. “An attacker on the... Read more...
For those of you who celebrate the holiday, we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and extended weekend. It was certainly a busy one for Instagram users, who uploaded more than 10 million photos mentioning Thanksgiving-themed words on Turkey Day, peaking at 226 photo uploads per second. The day broke all Instagram records thus far, the company announced. "We're thrilled to see people use Instagram to share their holidays. Whether celebrating with friends and family or sharing photos with them halfway across the globe, we’re excited to see the intimacy and immediacy of the Instagram experience bring us all closer together over this holiday season," Instagram stated in a blog post. Delicious... Read more...
These days, it's all about filters. And Instagram. But earlier generations might remember another name: Polaroid. Believe it or not, that name still means something in the world of photography, and the company's new Z2300 is out to prove that this isn't a comeback. It's billed as an "Instant Digital Camera," and also as "the ultimate social media camera." In other words, it's the Instagram of cameras. It features an integrated printer with ZINK Technology, enabling users to instantly capture, edit and in less than a minute print full color, 2x3” prints.  Along with the ability to easily upload images to any social media platform, it also houses a 10MP sensor, a 3.0" LED and a rather... Read more...
A billion dollars. That sum can buy a lot of things, including a photo-crazy social startup called Instagram. Just days after Facebook plucked down a huge sum of cash to grab the company and its employees, millions more are flocking to it in order to see what the hubbub is all about. Instagram already had around 30 million users before Facebook did the deed, and now the total user count is at 40 million. It's not surprising given that Android users can now get in on the fun, but still, 10 million in just a few days? It took nearly 18 months to hit 30 million. Obviously, Facebook is keenly interested in having these users eventually become active Facebookers, as there's no real cash model yet... Read more...
Instagram has taken the iOS world by storm, giving iPhone owners the ability to neatly tweak and adjust photos before sharing them with the world. It's a painfully simple concept, but it has caught fire like no other. Also, it's free. And now, it's on Android. Worldwide, there are certainly more Android smartphones in use than iPhones, and Instagram's servers are bound to feel the pressure when potentially millions of new users sign up. It's hard to believe that an app like Instagram has remained off of Android for this long, but that's now changed. It's free to download, works on all Android 2.2+ smartphones (not tablets, at least not yet) and includes the same filters as on iOS. What are you... Read more...
Hoping you can say you were using Instagram for Android before it was mainstream (even though it’s already been on iOS for a good long while)? Great news: You can now sign up to for an email notification from Instagram when the app is ready and apparently secure your spot at the front of the line. At instagr.am/android, there’s a message that simply says “Want to be first in line for Instagram on Android?”, and there's a space for your email address and a “Notify Me” button. It’s hard to say when exactly Instagram will actually be available, but it's definitely in the offing. We eagerly await the Android-based onslaught of grainy photos of college kids... Read more...
Instagram. Just the mention of the world brings up vivid images of slightly tweaked photographs, uploaded via iOS devices to all corners of the web. But there's a problem: it's only on iOS. Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, etc. -- none of those platforms have Instagram. Why? Hard to say why the company hasn't branched out yet, but they know that Android is growing too large as a platform to ignore. At the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, the company announced that they had reached 27 million registered users. And of those, a ton of people are actively using it. Co-founder Kevin Systrom was quoted as saying that they're seeing "Facebook-level" engagement. But more importantly,... Read more...
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