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SlashGear 101: Does Instagram own my photos?

SlashGear 101: Does Instagram own my photos?

The short answer is no, Instagram doesn't own anything of yours (at the moment) - but once January 16th, 2013 rolls around, there's a few more words attached to that simple assurance. What we're talking about today is the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy updates to Instagram laid down this week that'll be taking effect on the 16th of January, 2013, many of them put in place to better tie them up with Facebook as their new owner. What many have found right out of the box is a few key phrases that appear very much to have Instagram taking control of the entirety of your library of photos hosted with them - we're going to talk briefly here about what their jargon actually has to say.

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Instagram tweaks policies: Facebook data sharing from January 16 2013

Instagram tweaks policies: Facebook data sharing from January 16 2013

Instagram's Privacy Policy and Terms of Service will allow for greater data sharing with Facebook as of January 16 2013, the company has confirmed, though it insists nothing in the legal tweaks will affect who can see users' photos. "Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them" Instagram says, suggesting that the new policies will basically allow for better spam prevention and system stability by combining data with that coming from Facebook.

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Twitter tried to buy Instagram for $525 million

Twitter tried to buy Instagram for $525 million

At this point, most people know that Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion. More details on the deal between Facebook and Instagram have surfaced indicating that Facebook significantly outbid twitter. Reuters reports that twitter made a bid weeks before Facebook swooped in with $1 billion of roughly half that amount.

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Flickr for iPhone app takes on Instagram

Flickr for iPhone app takes on Instagram

Yahoo has launched a new Flickr app for iPhone, completely reworking the interface and throwing in some Instagram-style filters. Flickr Groups has also been properly injected into the mobile software, with the ability to browse through different groups, see the photos that have been shared, and comment on them. It's also of course possible to upload your own images.

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Twitter blasts Instagram with filter app update… but where is it?

Twitter blasts Instagram with filter app update… but where is it?

Twitter's updated mobile app with added photo filters to offset the pain of lost Instagram integration was an unsurprising announcement yesterday, but the iOS version of the software is still yet to show up for users. The new app introduces eight filters, including Black and White, Warm, Cool, Vintage, Cinematic, and Happy, which can be applied to shots prior to sharing them. However, head over to the App Store, and you'll only find Twitter for iOS v5.1 [iTunes link], dating back to November 15 and lacking any sort of photo filters.

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Instagram for iOS updates with new camera, new filter, and Foursquare integration

Instagram for iOS updates with new camera, new filter, and Foursquare integration

Instagram has had a tough past few days with the whole Twitter debacle, but they're attempting to bounce back thanks to a new update for its iOS app. The update comes with an updated camera interface, as well as a brand-new filter that you can play around with. Plus, it also comes with Foursquare integration for those that love to check-in to places and share it with their friends.

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Instagram completes Twitter photo cull (but there’s a workaround)

Instagram completes Twitter photo cull (but there’s a workaround)

Instagram has fully pulled the plug on Twitter integration, with photos that late last week showed up poorly cropped or aligned now not appearing in the short messaging services "Cards" gallery system at all. The latest escalation of Instagram's attempt to coax users away from Twitter and onto Instagram profiles, the decision has left many users of both services frustrated, adding as it does another few clicks before photos can be viewed. Meanwhile, Twitter is believed to be readying an Instagram alternative of its own, launching in time for the holidays, while clever developers have cooked up an unofficial way to rejoin the two services.

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Twitter photo filters tipped for holidays: Has Dorsey teased them already?

Twitter photo filters tipped for holidays: Has Dorsey teased them already?

The increasingly bitter rivalry between Twitter  and Instagram may reach a peak before New Year celebrations kick off, sources hint, with the microblogging platform supposedly readying its own suite of photo filters for imminent launch. Twitter is aiming to reveal a selection of image tweaking tools that can fettle amateur shutterbugs' shots prior to sharing, insiders tell AllThingsD, before 2012 is out, with a new version of the mobile app in testing. The results of it might already be in front of us: Twitter chairman Jack Dorsey is tipped to be using the filters on recently shared black-and-white images.

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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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