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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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March 11, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Kevin Sacco isn't a celebrity, but on Instagram he is famous for flaunting his wealth, like the time he took a picture of himself bathing in an outdoor Jacuzzi in his penthouse suite overlooking the French Riviera. Or when the 20-year-old son of a real estate mogul in Italy spent 10,000 euros, or nearly $14,000, with friends at La Maison Blanche in Paris for his most recent birthday. "I'm showing off my parties, my bottles, my clubs, my travels, and people love this," said Sacco, who is known as @PrinceOfItaly on Instagram.
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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.
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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
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.
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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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March 5, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Under intensifying pressure from gun control groups and New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman, Facebook is tightening its policies to make it more difficult for people to illegally sell or trade guns on Facebook and Instagram, particularly to minors. The giant social network will block minors from seeing posts about gun sales and trades, the company said Wednesday. Facebook said it would limit access to posts about gun sales and trades to people 18 and older.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Last night's Oscars paid tribute to 2013's best films -- and to 2013's word of the year . The latter being, of course, the selfie, which was on full display all over social media as celebs took to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to post pics of themselves, shot by themselves, at the awards show. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 With more than 3 million retweets on Twitter -- making it the tweet with the most RTs ever -- host Ellen DeGeneres' celebrity-packed selfie was undoubtedly the winning selfie of the night.
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March 3, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Is Justin Bieber longing for simpler times? The off-the-rails pop star on Monday posted to Instagram a photo montage of ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, taken upon her arrival at the Vanity Fair bash Sunday after the Oscars. "Most elegant princess in the world," he captioned it . Of course what pops to mind is a previous Vanity Fair arrival shot - one taken in 2011 - that showed Bieber and Gomez, then 17 and 18, respectively, together in public as a couple for pretty much the first time.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
After the $19-billion WhatsApp deal was announced, I wrote a little blog post about  where it ranked among other tech deals. I included the line:  "One day later, Silicon Valley is still trying to pick its collective jaw off the floor following news that Facebook is going to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion. " No prize-winning prose by any stretch. But as I was reading more about the deal that day, and in the following day, the reference stuck in my head. Suddenly, I began to experience that same feeling that I got when I bought a red AMC Pacer Wagon and suddenly it seemed like they were everywhere on the road.
SPORTS
February 28, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The mysterious case of Adam Muema took another twist Friday when the former San Diego State running back reappeared via social media. “There's one person who was so righteous & pretty much walked into Heaven. Don't think my plans are anything less than that :),” he tweeted early Friday in the first of 12 such entries. Muema disappeared Sunday after leaving the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis without working out because he believed God told him the Seahawks would draft him. On Instagram, Muema attempted to explain the circumstances of his abrupt departure in a 128-word post.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Paresh Dave and Stacey Leasca
An Army private who wrote on Instagram that she was “hiding” in her car to avoid an end-of-day flag salute is the latest soldier to face possible punishment over what the military has called distasteful social media posts. Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey of Ft. Carson in Colorado posted a selfie, with a caption that read: “This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don't have to salute the 1700 flag, KEEP ALL YOUR 'THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.' COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF,” the last string of letters referring to “I don't give a …” Ft. Carson officials said Wednesday that they are aware of the photo and investigating after the image began circulating on Tuesday and was first reported by the Army Times . Last week, a National Guard funeral honors team member in Wisconsin was suspended after Instagram posts of her making light of military funerals started spreading.
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February 6, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Supermodel Doutzen Kroes has another little angel on the way! The Victoria's Secret model and husband Sunnery James are expecting their second child and announced the news Thursday with a nude Instagram photo of the model cradling her protruding belly. Some people just have the genes for that sort of thing ... PHOTOS: 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show  |  Backstage "This is not a #throwbackthursday this is now!" the 29-year-old wrote . "So happy to share with you that we are expecting.
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February 26, 2014 | By Paresh Dave and Stacey Leasca
An Army private who wrote on Instagram that she was “hiding” in her car to avoid an end-of-day flag salute is the latest soldier to face possible punishment over what the military has called distasteful social media posts. Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey of Ft. Carson in Colorado posted a selfie, with a caption that read: “This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don't have to salute the 1700 flag, KEEP ALL YOUR 'THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.' COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF,” the last string of letters referring to “I don't give a …” Ft. Carson officials said Wednesday that they are aware of the photo and investigating after the image began circulating on Tuesday and was first reported by the Army Times . Last week, a National Guard funeral honors team member in Wisconsin was suspended after Instagram posts of her making light of military funerals started spreading.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is in talks with two gun control groups that are pressuring the giant social network to crack down on illegal gun sales and trades. "We are talking with a number of organizations around our policies on guns," a Facebook spokesman said. Facebook also noted that it's common for the company to engage with advocacy groups concerned about hate speech, bullying and other hot-button issues. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have stepped up their demands after recent gun arrests were tied to sales of guns facilitated through Facebook.
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
After combing through 656,000 photos on Instagram from five global cities, a team of data researchers has come to a conclusion: Selfies say more about you than you think. The science of selfies is serious business, says Lev Manovich, project coordinator behind SelfieCity.net. “Selfies, you know we have interesting opinion, but they are just based on maybe a few thousand selfies we look at,” said the Russian-born researcher and author in heavily accented English. “We thought, why don't we take a more objective look.” To study the selfie phenomenon, Manovich -- a computer science professor at City University New York -- and a team of seven researchers scanned the globe.
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