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Instagram developing tool that’ll let users download their data

Instagram developing tool that’ll let users download their data

Instagram is currently developing a tool that will enable users to download their account data, a feature that'll mirror the similar "Download your info" tool available on Facebook. The downloadable data will include photos/videos the user has shared on the platform, as well as messages posted and sent. The tool will mark a big change for the company, which historically had made it difficult for users to download their own content.

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Instagram’s new camera in brief

Instagram’s new camera in brief

Instagram updated their apps this morning with a new sort of Focus Camera. This camera uses some smart calculations to figure out what part of the photo is the person, and what's background. With this new mode, "Focus" will allow the user to take photos and video in what's commonly known as a sort of "portrait" mode. This new mode aims to be "giving the photo that polished look."

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Facebook takes down dozens of IRA-controlled accounts

Facebook takes down dozens of IRA-controlled accounts

Facebook has been burned and it is burning others in turn. And wherever there is fire, there will always be damages on either side. Facebook has just announced what is probably its boldest and biggest fake accounts takedown. And while 270 or so accounts pales in comparison to the thousands it already removed, it’s the source of the accounts that makes it such a big move. Facebook has taken down most, but probably not all, accounts and pages connected to the Russian Internet Research Agency, the notorious Internet troll factory blamed for manipulating the outcome of the 2016 US presidential elections.

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Instagram Apple Watch app is gone in latest update

Instagram Apple Watch app is gone in latest update

The Apple Watch is often cited to be immune from the general slump that the smartwatch market continues to experience. But while its sales numbers are encouraging, its app roster is anything but. Apps are disappearing from Apple’s wearable device and some of them are high-profile ones. The latest to join the exodus is the Facebook-owned Instagram. And, no, it isn’t a case of the social networking giant retaliating over statements made by Apple’s chief executive.

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Facebook should be paying you

Facebook should be paying you

Facebook's call records, SMS, and contacts collecting are the headline of the day - but that's old news to you. You knew a long time ago that Facebook was harvesting your data, and you don't care. What would anyone want with your info anyway? You're just an everyday average person, after all, surely there's no reason to worry that Facebook workers would take the time to read your boring old communications and contact list, right?

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Elon Musk removes Tesla and SpaceX Facebook pages in protest

Elon Musk removes Tesla and SpaceX Facebook pages in protest

Elon Musk has apparently deleted the SpaceX Facebook page, in what appears to be a move of privacy solidarity after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The outspoken CEO was challenged to remove the social network page on Twitter, though commented that he has "literally never seen it even once."

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Instagram puts newer posts back on top

Instagram puts newer posts back on top

Instagram went back to a different sort of setup now, not the same as the setup that just was, not quite what was a while ago. The changes mainly put newer posts back on top of the Instagram feed instead of having the whole thing mixed up according to the Instagram robot overlords whimsical decision-making skills. This update was made "to give you more control over your feed and ensure the posts you see are timely."

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Instagram beefs up bios with hashtag and profile links

Instagram beefs up bios with hashtag and profile links

It seems that Instagram pushes a new feature out the door every few weeks, and lately, some of these new features have centered around hashtags and what you can do with them. Back in December, Instagram rolled out the ability to follow hashtag pages directly, ditching the need to search for them every time you wanted to see content associated with a particular one. Today, Instagram hashtags are receiving more functionality in a rather small update that could have a big effect on your user bio.

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Rihanna’s right: Snapchat isn’t innocent (or immune to damage)

Rihanna’s right: Snapchat isn’t innocent (or immune to damage)

Rihanna just proved that once social networks went public, they put themselves on the same wobbly pedestal they themselves created. The way Snapchat was updated recently, it's fairly insulated from criticism from within its own network. But when a major influencer like Rihanna wants to take a shot at the company from another network, outside Snapchat's echo chamber, stockholders listen.

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BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram over mobile messaging patents

BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram over mobile messaging patents

BlackBerry is going after Facebook, as well as its Instagram and WhatsApp companies, for alleged patent infringement. The company filed a lawsuit against the social media platforms today, accusing them of developing mobile apps that infringe on BlackBerry's "mobile messaging intellectual property." A spokesperson for BlackBerry claims the company has spent "several years" in talks with Facebook over the alleged IP infringement, apparently without any progress in the matter.

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Instagram audio and video calls may put even more pressure on Snapchat

Instagram audio and video calls may put even more pressure on Snapchat

Instagram has been playing the long game for Snapchat's users, and one of the way it's been doing that is by implementing features that Snapchat already offers. Of course, merely repurposing Snapchat features isn't enough, as Instagram has to try doing them better than Snapchat as well. The next feature on the list could be a big one, as it looks like Instagram is winding up to launch video and audio calling.

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Snapchat Stories just copied an Instagram idea (for once)

Snapchat Stories just copied an Instagram idea (for once)

When it comes to the war between Instagram and Snapchat, we're usually covering the features that the former borrows from the latter. Instagram has repurposed a lot of Snapchat's features in its quest to compete, and it has had no bones about naming the source of its inspiration. Today, however, those roles are reversed, as Snapchat is launching a new feature that actually came to Instagram first.

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