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Vine users skyrocket, now exceed 40 million

Vine users skyrocket, now exceed 40 million

Vine has grown quickly since Twitter snapped it up, with any user of the microblogging site likely coming across one of the six-second videos on a regular basis. That rate of growth has been perhaps more rapid than realized, with Vine announcing today that it has reached - and exceeded - 40 million users, a drastic jump over just a couple of months.

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Instagram 4.1 adds video imports, photo straightening, more

Instagram 4.1 adds video imports, photo straightening, more

Instagram has pushed out a new version, adding video imports for iPhone and Android, as well as automatic photo straightening functionality for those using the iOS version. Instagram 4.1 builds on the video functionality introduced back in June by allowing users to open, edit, and share footage taken with their phone's native camera (or, indeed, another third-party app), including trimming them down to meet the fifteen second limit.

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Instagram deletes photos from 3rd party apps in Windows Phone

Instagram deletes photos from 3rd party apps in Windows Phone

Windows Phone users working with Instagram through any of a number of 3rd party apps may want to have a peek at their photo collections this week, as reports are filtering in of mass deletes. Instagram has issued a statement on the matter, suggesting that they've recently "made an update to the systems that we use to fight spam to help prevent future attacks and increase security", but appear to offer no specific details on 3rd party apps specifically.

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Socialmatic retro smart camera promises pre-orders, remains mum on release

Socialmatic retro smart camera promises pre-orders, remains mum on release

While concept behind the Instagram-themed smart camera Socialmatic is one so outlandish you'd expect it to stay conceptual forever, it's become apparent this week that the creators of this machine are aiming for a real release relatively soon. Confirmed this week are two factoids not known before - one of them a confirmation of the operating system under the hood of this rather squared-off shooter: Android. Whether or not Google will approve is not yet known.

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Instagram embeds arrive for third-party sites

Instagram embeds arrive for third-party sites

It may be hard to believe, but before today, there was no way to embed Instagram content on other websites. However, the social photo-sharing company has finally announced the feature and launched embeds for both photos and videos. This will allow users to show Instagram content on their own website without just having to link to it.

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Instagram Video outlined: 15 second clips, no loops

Instagram Video outlined: 15 second clips, no loops

This afternoon, the team at Facebook have introduced their brand Instagram's new ability to record video clips. "Video for Instagram" will be added to both iOS and Android with a collection of 15 filters made specifically for the video universe. This new feature will be clipped into 15-second segments and able to be posted to Twitter while it's hosted on Instagram's own servers - or straight to Facebook it goes.

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