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FTC Facebook Instagram investigation ends silently

FTC Facebook Instagram investigation ends silently

Today an investigation into the proposed purchase of the photo sharing app Instagram by the social network Facebook has been ended as silently as it was started. The acquisition of Instagram was made famous earlier this year as Facebook payed a reported $1 billion dollar sum to take over the brand in its entirety. The FTC's Bureau of Competition worked with the Bureau of Economics to investigate the deal to make sure no anticompetitive business practices were taking place - they found nothing to write home about.

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Instacube hits Kickstarter aiming to show off your Instagram feed

Instacube hits Kickstarter aiming to show off your Instagram feed

Digital photo frames have been around for a long time and have proven to be very popular. There are a few digital photo frames out there that have Wi-Fi connectivity allowing them to show photographs from social networking sites such as Facebook and others. Some these frames even have their own e-mail address so you can e-mail a photograph directly to the frame for a loved one to view. A new project on Kickstarter called the Instacube reminds me of a web connected digital photo frame made specifically for Instagram.

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Instagram 3.0 update brings Photo Mapping history

Instagram 3.0 update brings Photo Mapping history

This week the folks behind the massively popular photography app for iOS and Android called Instagram are updating both Android and iOS environments to include a function called Photo Mapping. This makes the company's purchase by Facebook seem all the sweeter as Facebook's own geo-location tagging is alive and well, but has little use other than to make note of where each of a person's posts have been made. With Photo Mapping, Instagram is able to show you where you've been and what you were doing when you were there!

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Twitter blocks key API access for Instagram

Twitter blocks key API access for Instagram

Instagram is growing at an incredible rate with 80 million users. Many of those new users who are also on Twitter and want to follow their Twitter friends on Instagram will find one key feature is no more. Twitter has changed API restrictions for Instagram and has eliminated the "Find Your Friends" feature that Instagram previously offered.

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Instagram hits 80 million users

Instagram hits 80 million users

Instagram has grown massively since it was purchased by Facebook. Facebook dropped $1 billion to pick up Instagram. I'm sure a lot of people wondered if Facebook would help Instagram grow or hurt the application. Instagram has now reported some statistics since it was purchased by Facebook, and use of the application has grown significantly.

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BlackBerry 10 features built-in picture editor

BlackBerry 10 features built-in picture editor

One of the features that RIM showed off at BlackBerry World this year was a swanky new camera for BlackBerry 10. Thanks to technology licensed from Scalado, the camera features remove and rewind features, helping to discard unwanted background objects and pick the best face in a photo thanks to a caching feature. Now it looks like RIM will also be including some basic editing abilities in the camera app, including Instagram inspired filters and more traditional tweaks.

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Socialmatic promises Instagram-for-real prototype by end of year

Socialmatic promises Instagram-for-real prototype by end of year

Earlier in the year, a design team called ADR Studio created a camera concept based off the Instagram icon used for iOS and Android. Now the designer of Socialmatic, Antonio De Rosa, says the concept could see a fully working prototype before the end of the year. De Rosa recently returned from Singapore where he met several manufacturers based in Hong Kong, saying that he had secured a partner that will bridge the gap between the concept and the manufacturing.

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Instagram update makes use of Nexus 7 front-facing camera

Instagram update makes use of Nexus 7 front-facing camera

This week the folks at Instagram have made it clear that they want to be on every Android device, even the Nexus 7 which does not have a standard camera on its back. This device is the reason Instagram has been updated to make use of front-facing cameras in its latest update, choosing the one camera this device has by default rather than saying it's not compatible with a device with no back-facing shooter. This application has also been updated to be able to share directly to Flickr in its newest bump.

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Netflix, Instagram, Pinterest suffer storm-related outages

Netflix, Instagram, Pinterest suffer storm-related outages

As evidence of the fact that high-end technological platforms are still vulnerable to the same trials and tribulations as everyone else, a series of severe storms rattled service at a few of the biggest online services this weekend. Netflix, Instagram, and Pinterest were among the most notable companies to suffer outages as a result of the weather.

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Instagram for Android gets updated

Instagram for Android gets updated

This week Instagram for Android was updated with some new features. The new update brings the photo-sharing app to version 1.1.4. Instagram is a very popular application that allows you to take photos and make them more artistic by adding various filters to the pic. Once you add your filters, you can share the photos on Facebook and other places.

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