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Instagram Privacy Policy prodded with Class-Action lawsuit

Instagram Privacy Policy prodded with Class-Action lawsuit

The folks responsible for drafting the Instagram Privacy Policy changes that've caused massive amounts of madness over the past few weeks have another chapter to add to their must-read books: a class-action lawsuit in California. This lawsuit has been filed by San Diego-based law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk and targets Facebook - as it were - because of their newly confirmed ownership of Instagram as a whole.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 21, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 21, 2012

Welcome to Friday evening everyone. Depending on who you choose to believe, today was the day it was all supposed to come crashing down, but since that doesn't seem like it'll be happening, let's recap the news from the day and then jump into the weekend, shall we? Today was a historic day aside from being the rumored end of the world, as Psy's ridiculously popular hit Gangnam Style topped 1 billion views on YouTube, officially becoming the first video to do so and beating Justin Bieber to the punch. We had a new Acer-related leak today, with benchmarks for the rumored V350 flagship phone surfacing, as well as images for the ASUS ME172V tablet.

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Instagram iOS and Android update adds new filter, support for 25 languages

Instagram iOS and Android update adds new filter, support for 25 languages

Undoubtedly wanting to put the recent Terms of Service debacle behind it as quickly as possible, Instagram is directing our attention toward a new update for its Android and iOS apps. Most importantly, this update adds support for 25 different languages to the app on both platforms. There's also a little surprise waiting for users who can't ever have enough filters to apply to their photos.

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EyeEm: the best Instagram alternative you’ve never heard of

EyeEm: the best Instagram alternative you’ve never heard of

In the shockwave that is the Facebook-added Terms of Use for Instagram here as 2012 ends and 2013 begins comes the resurgence of the app called EyeEm - a photo snapping, filtering, and sharing app that you've likely never heard of before today. Though EyeEm has been around for many moons now - over a year on some platforms - it's just this month seeing one whole heck of a lot of renewed interest as a massive exodus from Instagram occurs: and as EyeEm is already established not only on the web, iPhone, and Android, but on Windows Phone 8 as well, it's high time this ecosystem got some traffic.

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Instagram took the lazy, sneaky way out

Instagram took the lazy, sneaky way out

Congratulations, internet: your often-ugly filtered photos are safe. Instagram's decision to backtrack on its contentious Terms of Service changes have rolled back the clock to how things used to be, the halcyon days of another usage policy you didn't actually bother reading. Maybe it's a victory for a vocal user-base, but it also seems a missed opportunity for a legitimately useful change in how our rights are expressed in an age where the cloud has become all-pervasive.

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Amid Instagram Madness, What Terms of Use Should Take for Granted

Amid Instagram Madness, What Terms of Use Should Take for Granted

In all the hubbub around the new Instagram Terms of Service, there is one refrain that keeps repeating. It’s one I’ve heard plenty of times before, and it’s the reason I was hesitant to even tackle this issue. I see plenty of pundits saying that I must be an idiot if I did not read the original Terms of Use. I should always read the Terms of Use. What was I expecting? These policies have always already been spelled out in the Terms of Use.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 18, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 18, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone. In the wake of the Instagram controversy, today we broke down the company's new Terms of Service to examine what they really mean while telling you how you can ditch Instagram for good, if that's what you want to do. We also told you about five services that would make a good replacement for Instagram, while the company's co-founder wrote a blog post in an attempt to clear some things up. Instagram controversy aside, today Google Play launched a free alternative to iTunes Match, while Twitter shot past the 200 million monthly active users mark.

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Instagram co-founder responds to user outrage

Instagram co-founder responds to user outrage

If you felt a disturbance in the force earlier today, it was probably the Internet losing its collective cool over Instagram's new Terms of Service, which go into effect on January 16, 2013. We picked apart the new Terms in the latest installment of SlashGear 101, and while there are a few questionable Terms you'll be agreeing to, the major sticking point with users comes in an entry that outlines what Instagram can do with the photos you take. In short, by signing these new Terms of Service, you're giving Instagram permission "a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service."

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Five Instagram Alternatives you’re going to love

Five Instagram Alternatives you’re going to love

It's time to get real about jumping out of the Instagram boat now that several striking new rules have been added to their Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You'll want to have a peek at the post SlashGear 101: Does Instagram own my photos? and carry on accordingly. If you want to keep sharing fun-looking photos with filters galore and you want to get away from Instagram, by all means, have a peek at the short list we've got here.

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