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May 23, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Even as hospitals struggle with keeping patient information secure in the digital world, more and more are finding that some patients are willing to publicly share intimate moments. UCLA's Health System became the latest healthcare provider to turn to social media to invite the public into an operating room. Since 6:24 a.m. Thursday, the @UCLAHealth Twitter account has been using Vine and Instagram to chronicle the implant of a brain pacemaker. The device counteracts Parkinson's disease, according to UCLA Health's Facebook page . In one Vine , Dr. Nader Pouratian said it's the 500th time that the operation has been done at UCLA.
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 “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.
February 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's Valentine's Day, and I'm not celebrating. A few weeks ago my fiancee and I broke up. It was a difficult breakup, so I immediately stopped following her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and deleted her name from my iPhone address book. I thought that would be enough to disconnect her from my digital life. But I'm finding out - as many others have in the age of smartphones and social networks - that connecting is easy, but severing ties online is nearly impossible. Take even the basic task of doing an Internet search.
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.
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...
October 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nokia announced a new tablet and two new smartphones this week, but perhaps the most significant move the company made was adding the Instagram and Vine apps to its devices running Windows Phone operating system. Since being caught off guard by the Apple iPhone and devices running on Google Android, Nokia has been trying hard to bounce back in the smartphone market. To stand out, the Finnish company decided to go with Microsoft's Windows Phone software for its smartphones' operating system.
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.
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)
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.
October 1, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Strut Type is a new photo app for the iPhone designed to make your brand spankin' new smartphone photos look like they were taken by a single plate camera at the turn of the 20th century. It's the perfect app for anyone who thinks that Instagram's filters don't add enough nostalgia. Strut Type, which is named for a type of folding camera, will digitally destroy your photos enough to make them look like they were taken in photography's early days. The app is currently only available for the iPhone and costs $1.99.
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