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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.
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January 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Despite a major backlash from users protesting a proposed change to its terms of service last month, Instagram was able to increase the number of its monthly active users by 10%. Instagram now has 90 million monthly active users, according to the company, which updated the figure on its press page . “Instagram continues to see very strong growth around the world,” Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom told AllThingsD . “With many...
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April 9, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Not since Google bought YouTube has an acquisition grabbed the world's attention the way Facebook's $1-billion deal to buy Instagram. And it's bound to get tongues wagging again about startup valuations shooting into the stratosphere. “It's unprecedented on almost any metric you look at,” said Paul Kedrosky, a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation. The San Francisco startup has just 13 employees. That works out to be $76 million per employee, Kedrosky pointed out. At the same time, Instagram had no business model, no revenue.
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December 18, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Instagram has yet to fully address the backlash against its upcoming terms-of-service changes, but the photo-sharing social network has sent a tweet saying it will have a response soon. "We've heard you that the updates to our Privacy Policy & Terms of Service are raising a lot of questions. We'll have more to share very soon," Instagram said Tuesday on Twitter .  The Facebook-owned company has been dealing with users threatening to stop using Instagram or deleting their accounts since the new terms of service were unveiled Monday.
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December 17, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Instagram may be close to having advertisements, and those ads might use your photos. The Facebook-owned social network announced upcoming changes to its terms of service, and the most notable one says Instagram can let companies pay to use your photos as well as your name and other information for ads that would be displayed within Instagram. "To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your user name, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata)
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February 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Instagram's new Feed feature is clean, simple and easy to use. And it goes a long way to bolster the website for the photo-sharing social network. But could the introduction of the tool eventually lead to advertisements on the website? The Feed page displays to users the latest photos uploaded by those they follow -- a feature previously reserved for the mobile versions of Instagram. In the blog post announcing the new feature, co-founder Kevin Systrom said that if users shrink the width of their browser, the page will shift to look similar to how the Feed appears on Instagram's mobile apps.
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December 18, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Instagram has said it will remove language from its new terms of service that would have allowed users' photos to be part of advertisements that would run within the photo sharing social network. Kevin Systrom, the social network's co-founder, said Instagram doesn't currently have plans to run such ads, so it will remove that language from the terms of service that kick in Jan. 16. "We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we're going to remove the language that raised the question," Systrom said in a blog . QUIZ: What set the Internet on fire in 2012?
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April 10, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
How does a 28-year-old make $400 million in 18 months? Kevin Systrom won the start-up sweepstakes with the right product at the right time: Instagram. This young entrepreneur's ambition to build the next big social network caught the attention of Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who paid a cool $1 billion to buy Instagram this week. That's 1% of the valuation that Facebook is expected to fetch next month when it begins selling shares to the public for a tiny start-up that has never made a dime but soared to a loyal following of more than 30 million users just on Apple's iPhone.
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December 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Viddy, the Los Angeles-based social network that has been described as the Instagram of videos, has released an Android version of its app. For more than a year and a half, Viddy had been exclusive to Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch. On those devices alone, Viddy has amassed 42 million users. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech products of 2012 Viddy now hopes to keep growing its user numbers by making its service available to mobile devices that run on Google's Android operating system.
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December 4, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Snapchat just made a big hire, luring Emily White away from Instagram to be the Venice start-up's chief operating officer. White, 35, leaves behind her job as director of business operations for Instagram. She previously worked for Facebook and Google. In her new gig, White will be Snapchat's second in command behind co-founder and Chief Executive Evan Spiegel and will help the photo-sharing app scale its operations. Snapchat spokeswoman Mary Ritti said White would start in early January.
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