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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 5, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 5, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone. Today we saw images of what may be the rear housing of the iPhone 5S - yes, already. There aren't too many differences between it and the rear housing for the iPhone 5, but there are enough to make the images noteworthy. The high-end HTC M7 is rumored for a Q1 2013 release, and it appears that HTC wants it to get on shelves before Samsung launches the Galaxy S IV, while Samsung's iPhone 5-bashing Galaxy S III commercial was named that most viral tech ad of 2012.

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Instagram CEO: Twitter split was intentional but not an act of war

Instagram CEO: Twitter split was intentional but not an act of war

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom has confirmed that the Twitter image sharing glitch is an intentional one, suggesting that users will be better served with "the full Instagram experience" if they're pushed to the company's own site. Users of Instagram and Twitter discovered earlier today that links shared via the short messaging service produced incorrectly framed or cropped preview pictures in Twitter's "cards" view system

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Instagram blocks Twitter photo embeds as shot-sharing gets serious

Instagram blocks Twitter photo embeds as shot-sharing gets serious

Facebook-owned photo sharing app Instagram has blocked its images from showing up properly on Twitter, in what appears to be a move to force viewers to visit Instagram's own site. Users complained of problems viewing Instagram photos in Twitter's recent "cards" view, which previews select content tweeted out; Twitter subsequently confirmed that Instagram had disabled the integration.

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Facebook privacy policy now open to public vote

Facebook privacy policy now open to public vote

Learn how to vote on Facebook's privacy policies and you can make the social network your own - wouldn't that be amazing? In reality, Facebook will be opening up a collection of privacy policy changing votes that will be open to the public (so long as you've got a Facebook profile) from now until December 10th. This vote is being relegated by an independent auditor and may - or may not - actually have an effect on the way those inside Facebook make their decisions regarding said privacy policies - sound like a square deal to you?

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Instagram exploit could see accounts stolen

Instagram exploit could see accounts stolen

A security flaw in popular photo filter and sharing app Instagram could allow hackers to steal user accounts, after it was discovered that certain cookies are sent in plain-text rather than secured. The exploit, discovered by Carlos Reventlov and apparently flagged to the Instagram team in early November, relies on the fact that while log-in and profile editing is done over encrypted links, Computerworld reports, a plain-text cookie is sent to the Instagram servers when the app is loaded. If the hacker intercepts that cookie - among other criteria - they can subsequently gain access to the account and lock out the legitimate user.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 23, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 23, 2012

Some of us are still recovering from our food comas, but luckily the weekend is here so most of us can use that time for recouping (or chowing down on leftovers). Let's recap the news from the day, shall we? Of course, today is Black Friday, with Apple kicking off a Black Friday sale of its own and the NPD saying that sales today could be what pushes tablet shipments above notebook shipments. We also heard from various companies that people were reaching for their phones and tablets on Thanksgiving to net some great deals, apparently not willing to wait until the Black Friday "festivities" kicked off.

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Thanksgiving was Instagram’s biggest day ever

Thanksgiving was Instagram’s biggest day ever

If you weren't aware of all of the Instagram users posting up their Thanksgiving meals to Facebook and Twitter, we're not sure how you missed them. The photo-sharing service announced that Thanksgiving was their biggest day ever, with over 10 million photos shared in the 24-hour period, peaking at 226 photos per second.

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Projecteo is like a tiny Viewmaster projector for Instagram

Projecteo is like a tiny Viewmaster projector for Instagram

We've seen some strange and interesting projects hit Kickstarter over the years. A new project has turned up that reminds me of the slide projectors from elementary school combined with my trusty Viewmaster. The project is called Projecteo.

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Hurricane Sandy was Instagram’s “biggest event” ever

Hurricane Sandy was Instagram’s “biggest event” ever

All throughout last week, we saw images of the devastation from Hurricane Sandy all over social networking sites. Social networks helped people stay in touch and gave those outside of the storm's path a way to see what kind of havoc Sandy was wreaking. Instragram was one of these sites people on the East Coast used to show the impact of Sandy, and it turns out that the Hurricane ended up being a pretty big event for the photo sharing network.

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Facebook adds photo filters to iOS 5.1 app

Facebook adds photo filters to iOS 5.1 app

Facebook's version 5.1 iOS mobile app includes multiple new features, such as Gift giving, as well as one they seemingly forgot to mention: photo filters. This, of course, comes a few days after sources stated that Twitter is planning on adding photo filters to its own mobile app in competition of Instagram, which Facebook owns. The photo filters addition wasn't mentioned in the app's "What's New" details.

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Instagram profile pages official, but not for everyone quite yet

Instagram profile pages official, but not for everyone quite yet

Those of you addicted to Instagram know good and well the limitations of the platform - many of them placed there by design to keep the community mobile and "exclusive", so to speak. Now Instagram has heard the cries and pleas of those begging for more web integration, more ability to connect with a notebook rather than just a smartphone and a tablet. And so it is - Instagram has announced web profiles - places where your Instagram universe comes to the big screen with a layout that's suspiciously similar to the largest social community on the internet: Facebook.

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Twitter to compete with Instagram by adding photo filters, says sources

Twitter to compete with Instagram by adding photo filters, says sources

In this age of digital photography, a picture can be transformed a thousand ways, made to look like a Polaroid snapshot or an antique image, given a moody or artistic or saturated look. Instagram, the social photography app, allows smartphone users to take a picture, apply a filter, and then send it off into the social networking sphere. Now, according to sources, Twitter is poised to take on the popular photography service by adding photo filters to its own mobile app.

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