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July 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Don't call it a trend just yet, but it seems the movie industry is taking a liking to Instagram's new video feature. Last month, Facebook introduced 15-second video recording for Instagram as a response to rival Twitter's Vine service, which allows videos of up to six seconds. There may only be a nine-second difference, but those few extra moments are starting to make movie magic. This week, the Ashton Kutcher-led Steve Jobs biopic, titled "Jobs," was the first to roll out a movie trailer using the Instagram tool.
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April 27, 2014 | By Victoria Kim, Adolfo Flores and Cindy Chang
V. Stiviano's Instagram feed is full of bling - designer handbags, the interior of a Bentley, glamour shots of herself. But on Sunday morning, she was uncharacteristically shy, hiding behind the door of her $1.8-million Spanish-style duplex near the Beverly Center. She told a reporter she was on her way to church. A photo Stiviano posted on Instagram of herself with Lakers legend Magic Johnson was the main topic of a taped conversation in which a man said to be Clippers owner Donald Sterling asks her not to publicly associate with African Americans.
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BUSINESS
April 11, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO — How does a 28-year-old make $400 million in 18 months? With the right idea at the right time in mobile apps for smartphones. Kevin Systrom won the start-up sweepstakes this week when Facebook Inc. said it would pay $1 billion in cash and stock for his photo-sharing app maker, which has a loyal following of 30 million users but never made a dime. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg called Systrom to personally negotiate the deal for the social media giant, which is expected to fetch a valuation of $100 billion as soon as next month when it begins selling shares to the public.
SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
SAN FRANCISCO -- Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Saturday afternoon that his team would not allow alleged racist statements attributed to owner Donald Sterling to distract his team as it prepared to resume its first-round playoff series against Golden State. “This is a situation where we're trying to go after something very important for us, something that we've all dreamed about all our childhoods, and Donald or anyone else had nothing to do with that dream and we're not going to let anything get in the way of those dreams,” Rivers told an unusually large media throng after practice at the University of San Francisco.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Instagram has landed a major advertising deal for up to $100 million over the next year from Omnicom. The deal comes just four months after the popular photo-and-video-sharing service rolled out the first sponsored posts from Michael Kors, General Electric and Levi's. Instagram users will begin seeing ads in their streams from brands that work with Omnicom's media and creative agencies, AdAge reported . Instagram, which has 150 million active users, is coming into its own as an advertising platform.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With platters of delicious Thanksgiving food being served on elegant tables throughout the U.S., the setting was just right for Instagram to break its records, and it did. The Facebook-owned mobile photo-sharing social network said Thanksgiving 2012 broke all its records. More than 10 million photos whose captions included Thanksgiving-related terms were posted, and for several hours, more than 200 photos were being uploaded every second, Instagram said in a blog post Friday morning.
NEWS
August 3, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Instagram, the hot iPhone app that allows you to share retro-looking photos on Facebook, is quickly inspiring new products for the home. The latest comes from Coastermatic, which creates round sandstone coasters printed with your Instagram photos. Customers log on to their Instagram account and select four pictures. Each image is then printed digitally onto a coaster using a dot-matrix style process. The finished pieces usually arrive in the mail in six to 10 days. Price: $25 for a set of four.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Pinterest and Instagram, two social networks that gained mainstream popularity in just the last year, are continuing to grow at exponential rates, a new study shows. Weekly visits to Pinterest's website from North American users hit nearly 29 million in July, up from 1.27 million a year earlier, according to Experian Marketing Services. That's an increase of 2,183% for the social network, which has been especially popular among women. Pinterest, which lets users collect and post images the way people do with pinboards in real life, began to see its popularity pick up dramatically early this year.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Is Facebook's buying Instagram the cue for you to exit stage left? Fret not. Your newly attuned eye and filtering skills need not be squandered. There are several alternatives to Instagram if you've got to shoot and share. Here are three for the road. Pixlr-o-matic - This app is available on iOS and Android . It is a Facebook app , a download for your PC or Mac and also a Web-based offering, so you can tweak photos from your files or straight from your webcam.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As everyone expected when Facebook bought Instagram in 2012, ads are coming to the popular photo and video social network. Instagram announced the news Thursday afternoon, saying it will ease into the process of displaying ads by beginning to show them occasionally. Slowly, users will start to see photos and videos from brands that are active on Instagram, regardless of whether users follow those accounts. "We'll focus on delivering a small number of beautiful, high-quality photos and videos from a handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community," Instagram said in a blog .  PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 Instagram also said users will be able to hide ads after they see them and provide the social network with feedback on why they didn't like that ad. Facebook, which owns Instagram, has been showing ads on its social network for years, and this year, it is projected to account for nearly 16% of mobile ad revenue worldwide, according to EMarketer.
SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Vitriol toward Clippers owner Donald Sterling surged through social media Saturday as outrage over his alleged racist comments in an audio recording found a home in tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram snapshots. The anger, usually attached to the fast-growing #DonaldSterling and #BoycottClippers hashtags, crossed the nation. It united hard-core basketball fans and sports neophytes, celebrities and everyday people, young and old in their condemnation of the 80-year-old Sterling. They wondered how he could remain owner.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kaley Cuoco Sweeting has a new haircut, and this time around, the cutting process really happened.  The "Big Bang Theory" star posted cut-in-progress pics to Instagram on Wednesday, which she said was her first day of hiatus from shooting the sitcom. "Here we go!," she captioned a shot showing stylist Christine Symonds with shears poised at the Andy Lecompte Salon in West Hollywood.  "We did it @clsymonds! Now let's get some color shall we?," she continued .  Then came a shot of the final product, a choppy blond bob with dramatic lowlights.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Backstreet Boys heartthrob Nick Carter is a married man: He said "I do" over the weekend. The former boy bander, 34, who launched countless teen-girl crushes circa 2000, wed girlfriend Lauren Kitt on Saturday, he confirmed on Twitter late Sunday. "Happiest day of my life 4-12-2014 I married my best friend and woman of my dreams. Lauren Kitt Carter honeymoon time!" he wrote . PHOTOS: Celebrity weddings & engagements of 2014 If Kitt doesn't have a colorfully scrawled "Mrs.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
Sydney Contraguerro saw a friend get stabbed in the hallway of Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday. And then she turned to Twitter to figure out what was happening in the halls of her high school. “I was checking Twitter every 15 minutes,” the high school senior said. Twitter has long been a platform for people to share what they've witnessed during major news events: earthquakes, plane crashes, shootings. But in Murrysville, Twitter appeared to be a prime source of communication about who was OK and who was injured in the immediate aftermath of the stabbings.
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April 3, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla, This post has been corrected, as detailed below.
Wait, James Franco did what ? With whom ? Really? It's a story that sounds almost too perfectly dishy to be real. Gossips were abuzz Thursday after screen shots surfaced showing a Tuesday text conversation that allegedly occurred between the actor, 35, and one Lucy Corde, 17, in which Franco seems to be trying to talk the Scottish schoolgirl into a hookup at a hotel. The alleged exchange all started with Corde, who was visiting New York with her mom as an early 18th birthday present, meeting Franco on Tuesday amid a crowd outside his "Of Mice and Men" theater.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Oculus may be happy about its $2-billion deal to be acquired by Facebook, but the virtual reality start-up's supporters are definitely not. The Irvine company gained a strong following in the worlds of tech and gaming after taking to Kickstarter in 2012 to raise money for the Rift, a head-mounted device that lets users play video games in virtual reality. But when Oculus announced its agreement to be bought by Facebook in a blog post Tuesday, many of the company's fans left comments voicing their concern and displeasure over the deal.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
The wildly popular photo-sharing site Instagram released its app for Android devices. This comes about a year and a half after the app launched for iOS, Apple's mobile operating system, which has about 30 million users. On launch day, Instagram said it had 430,000 people on the Android waiting list. The app runs on any camera phone with Android 2.2 or above with support for OpenGL ES 2. But it won't yet run on Android tablets.  The app includes the same filters as the iPhone app. But there are some missing features.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Maybe Instagram needs a better filter for how it announces its deals. Its user base seems to have a twitchy reaction with every announcement. Last week, it was the end of the world as they knew it for iPhone users, who had the Instagram universe all to themselves until Android users were given the keys. It seemed a photo joust might have been in order. And now Facebook has announced it's buying the super popular photo-sharing app and social network for $1 billion. As @HmSeb put it on Twitter, Instagram is in a relationship now, and it's complicated.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- The reality of Facebook's $2-billion-plus acquisition of Oculus VR set in on Wall Street on Wednesday, dragging down Facebook shares and the Nasdaq. Facebook fell nearly 7% to $60.38 one day after it announced its second blockbuster acquisition this year. Last month the giant social network made jaws drop when it said it would pay $19 billion for mobile messaging service WhatsApp. The tech-heavy Nasdaq fell 1.4% Wednesday to 4,173.58, its lowest close in more than a month.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Photo-sharing social network Instagram announced this week that it now has 200 million monthly active users. The milestone is an indicator for healthy user growth on the service, which Facebook purchased for $1 billion nearly two years ago. Instagram said it reached 100 million users in February 2013, so the service managed to double in about a year. VIDEO: Unboxing the Rocki music streaming device "To the 50 million of you who've joined in the last six months, welcome," Instagram said in a blog post . "We're so glad you're here.
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