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‘Uploader for Instagram’ app asked to be taken down, nets creator $6K

‘Uploader for Instagram’ app asked to be taken down, nets creator $6K

The 17-year-old developer behind the Mac app "Uploader for Instagram" was recently told by the social network to remove it from the App Store due to inappropriate use of their API. The suggested deadline for removal has passed, and as of yet there are no legal filings. Instagram hasn't followed up with the developer, and made no further comments about its demand for removing the app. Also interesting is that the teen has made roughly $6,000 from downloads of the $5 app since its release in early March.

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Are Facebook & Instagram app economy rip-off artists?

Are Facebook & Instagram app economy rip-off artists?

Cover bands sometime make a living copying the work of others. Their ability to mimic a chosen group is often what makes them desirable to see live. Some big-name artists cover each other’s songs, and it’s typically a nod of admiration. In the app economy, we can’t say the same is true. Rather than a tribute to an art form, ‘copied’ apps pile onto the original, burying it. Facebook might be the best at this practice. With Rooms, they came under fire for copying an eerily similar app named Room. Now, Facebook-owned Instagram seems to have followed suit with Layout.

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Instagram: 1-year since Windows Phone update, still no iPad app

Instagram: 1-year since Windows Phone update, still no iPad app

While the gap may be filled by an abundance of iPad apps on the iTunes app store now, Instagram is still without a full-fledged tablet-sized iteration. It's also been a year and a day since the last time the official Instagram app was updated for Windows Phone devices. After the app garnered enough popularity for Microsoft to create their own bootleg Instagram app, the team behind Instagram were encouraged to make their own - one that they've not updated for a whopping 12 months.

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Instagram’s new Layout app arrives for your collages

Instagram’s new Layout app arrives for your collages

Instagram is great for scrolling through a seemingly endless array of pics from folks all over the globe, but single snaps sometimes fail to tell the entire narrative. Collages can do a much better job of that, which is probably why Instagram is introducing Layout. The new app lets you cobble together multiple shots into one image, taken from your camera roll. Instagram has some custom layouts ready for you, and a facial detection algorithm that will make piecing pics of friends together much easier.

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Instagram revealed with first Apple Watch apps set

Instagram revealed with first Apple Watch apps set

Of all the apps you could have wanted for your Apple Watch, Instagram... may have been one of them. This morning Apple revealed the Apple Watch's first set of apps, one of them being Instagram. This app allows you to scroll with the crown - up and down, then tap to see more information about a pic, then tap again to heart it. Of all the apps you could have used to tap into Instagram with, this will certainly be the smallest.

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New iOS app Spotless keeps your Instagram comments spam-free

New iOS app Spotless keeps your Instagram comments spam-free

Love Instagram but hate all the insta-spam? If you're looking to clean up the comments section of your Instagram feed, you can keep it free of trolls, promoters, cyber-bullies, and bots using Spotless. Spotless is the new app for Instagram that allows you to automatically delete spam comments. It can even tell the difference between a friend or foe and safeguard comments that you might actually care about while nipping annoying bots in the bud. Using Spotless just might help your Instagram get a little more insta-zen.

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Instagram now loops like Vine

Instagram now loops like Vine

The war of the tiny media sharers continues. Instagram has had an internal update which allows videos shared to the service to loop. Just like Vine, whenever you tap the "play" button on an Instagram video, you're going to be watching that video over and over and over again, prompting Vince super-sharers to trade services. If they do so dare, of course. This is the next step in Social Networking, after all - adding ALL the features of competing services to do better than they.

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Facebook’s new Privacy Policy gives it more reach

Facebook’s new Privacy Policy gives it more reach

Facebook changing its privacy policies is nothing new, but once in a while it manages to hit a nerve that causes privacy advocates and governments agencies to take notice. Especially when Facebook does so rather silently. That might be the case last weekend when the social networking giant made some modifications to its Privacy Policy change that, though still in plain English, is somewhat ambiguously worded in such a way that it can be open to interpretation and abuse. By Facebook, of course.

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Facebook and Instagram are down for many users [UPDATE]

Facebook and Instagram are down for many users [UPDATE]

These long hours stuck indoors as several states are pounded by snow are sure to be marked by excessive, boredom-induced phone checking and social network posting. Only, for many users, the social activities will exclude Facebook and Instagram, at least at the moment. Both sites appear to be down for many users in multiple regions, with those in the United States and India both reporting trouble accessing Facebook and just as many finding it impossible to access or share images on Instagram.

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Twitter prompts top users to stop tweeting Instagram links

Twitter prompts top users to stop tweeting Instagram links

Twitter and Instagram are battling over mobile photo-sharing, and it is a story that has been long running. Back in December of 2012, Instagram changed the way its photos showed up on Twitter so that the latter's users are forced to click a link and view the images on Instagram's own site/app. For its part, Twitter has made filters available to users for sprucing up photos and making it more appealing to post images directly in tweets rather than through a different service. Now Twitter is upping its game.

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