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Crunch Report | Telegram and Instagram Are Being Restricted in Iran

Amazon Prime shipped 5 billion Items in 2017, SuperMeat gets $3 million in funding and Telegram and Instagram are being restricted in Iran. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

What were your best nine Instagram photos from 2017?

 You might have noticed a new end-of-year trend on Instagram the past few days. If so, you can thank 2017bestnine.com, a website that lets you automatically collect and collage your most-liked photos of 2017. Best Nine has been around for a while, so many of you may be familiar with the tool already. But for those of you who are new to that Best Nine game, here’s how it works. First of… Read More

‪Instagram now autoplays video sound once turned on until you close the app

Autoplay audio can be annoying or convenient depending on the situation. Luckily Instagram has found a happy medium between defaulting autoplay video sound on or off. This weekend TechCrunch spotted that some Instagram videos in the feed were autoplaying with audio. Now Instagram has confirmed to us “this new update rolled out recently” and here’s how it works for all… Read More

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Instagram should let users save and share their photo preferences

 While the world waits for Instagram to launch a location-sharing feature à la Snapchat, it’s worth wondering about the potential arrival of something far more simple and obvious: user-preset filters.
Instagram now allows you to prioritize your favorite filters at the beginning of the list and leave the ones that you don’t use often at the end. However, each user has their own… Read More

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Instagram on Android gets offline mode

 80% of Instagram’s users 600 million users are outside the US, so it needed a way to provide a better experience for users with limited network connectivity or no data plan.
Today at F8, Instagram announced it’s built support for using most of its features without Internet access. Much of this functionality is now available on Android, which is the preferred device type in the… Read More

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Instagram grows to 1M active advertisers, plans to add more data and direct booking

 Instagram’s advertiser base has doubled again.
The Facebook-owned photo and video app is announcing that it now has 1 million monthly active advertisers, compared to 500,000 in September and 200,000 just over a year ago.
Some of that growth can be attributed to the simple fact that a lot of people use Instagram — 150 million every day, as of January. But James Quarles, who… Read More

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Are foodie millennials really fueling food waste?

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I simply love food. For me, my love of food isn’t just about eating, going to new restaurants, or cooking an exciting meal. It’s also about getting to explore new cultures, being creative, and reflecting that on my Instagram. 

So reports that the “Instagram generation” were being blamed for fueling the UK’s food problem really disappointed me. 

It struck me as unfair to categorize millennials in this way as so many of the UK’s most prominent food bloggers are actively using their platform to minimize food waste. 

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Social media influencers, it's time to be truthful about your #ads

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If you’ve been turning a profit on Instagram, it’s time to get your #ad house in order.

A new provision in the code of ethics, issued by the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA), seems aimed at brands and influencers who hawk their wares on social media. Coming into effect Wednesday, the code states that sponsored content “must be clearly distinguishable as such to the relevant audience.” 

Some bloggers are using hashtags like #sp or #sponsored on Twitter and other platforms.

The world of influencer marketing, where celebrities, public personalities and bloggers get paid to promote brands across their social media accounts, is a nebulous one and notoriously difficult to regulate.  Read more…

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5 years later, celebrities put their hoodies up for Trayvon Martin

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On Feb. 26, 2012, an unarmed teenager carrying iced tea and candy was shot and killed on a Florida street.

His name was Trayvon Martin, and five years on, the movement inspired by his death lives on. Left for dead by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, the fate of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin’s son fanned the flames that became the Black Live Matter movement.

An image of Martin dressed in a hoodie was seared on the American conscience, and the act of “putting your hoodie up” became a protest against a culture that makes instant criminals of black boys. Read more…

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Crunch Report | Apple’s New Campus Will Open in April

Apple’s new campus will open in April, never-ending turnover at Twitter, Instagram adds a carousel feature and Snapdeal to lay off 500-600 people. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Stop everything and look at this Instagrammer's incredibly surreal ocean snaps

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God bless Instagram. 

Case in point — the work of photographer Warren Keelan, a master of the still image whose snaps will have you looking at the ocean in a whole new light.

Keelan is based in Wollongong, Australia, and has been a photographer for years, chalking up a number of awards. To take the snaps, Keelan paddles out into the ocean on a surfboard, often at unfriendly times of the day and in inhospitable temperatures.

“The hardest bit is getting out of bed knowing I have got a wet wetsuit to put on in freezing cold winter and then swimming out in the dark by myself off the beach waiting for the sun to come up,” he said in an interview with the Illawarra Mercury. Read more…

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Madonna confirms adoption of twins with heartwarming Instagram post

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Madonna’s happy brood of four will soon be a brood of six. The pop star recently announced that she’s adopted twin sisters from Malawi named Estere and Stelle.

Madonna posted a photograph of her and her daughters to Instagram with this message:

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Madonna has previously adopted children from Malawi — her son David Banda in 2006 and her daughter Mercy James in 2009. She also has two biological children, Lourdes Leon and Rocco Ritchie.

She artist posted a second photograph to Instagram, thanking the orphanage Home of Hope and the organization Raising Malawi for caring for her daughters for the last five years.  Read more…

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Mandy Moore and that dude from 'A Walk To Remember' just reunited on Instagram

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While it’s true A Walk To Remember wasn’t exactly good, the 2002 film about a young woman with leukemia (Mandy Moore) and her whirlwind relationship with the love of her life (Shane West), stills holds a very special place in people’s hearts.

So it’s no surprise that a mini-reunion of the romantic yet death-obsessed film’s cast and crew has got Instagram all in a flutter — and feeling more than a little nostalgic.

Moore had been teasing a Walk To Remember get-together for a few weeks, recently taking to her Twitter to answer questions about the now 15-year-old film. Yep, you’re getting old. Read more…

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Beyoncé's pregnancy photo destroyed Instagram record because of course it did

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Sorry, Selena Gomez, you no longer have the most-liked photo on Instagram. 

That honor now belongs to (who other than) Beyoncé, whose pregnancy announcement photo has more than 7,400,000 likes at the time of this writing. 

The photo, which has been online for just over half a day, also has more than 360,000 comments.

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Body-positive blogger compares 2 photos to make an important point

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LONDON — Instagram is awash with posts about fitness and dieting, with many showing an unrealistic and doctored view of women’s bodies.

But, one body-positive blogger posted two photos taken at the same time to make a stand against the body pressures women and girls face on Instagram.

Milly Smith posted a side-by-side photo on Instagram. The photo on the left shows Smith wearing waist-controlling tights pulled up “as high as possible”, while the other shows Smith posing with her tights pulled down.

“Same girl, same day, same time,” wrote Smith on Instagram.  Read more…

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Australia: You can now go live on Instagram along with everybody else

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Australia is finally able to kick the FOMO and livestream on every damn app out.

Following a U.S. launch in Dec. 2016, Instagram kicked off its live function in Instagram Stories locally on Wednesday. 

Australians have already been able to watch foreign livestreams on the app, but now they’ll be able to make their own by toggling into live in the Stories camera. 

Live videos appear in the app’s Instagram Stories “explore” section, and occasionally users get notifications when one of their faves is livestreaming. Like on Facebook, users can comment and “heart” during the stream. Read more…

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The cost of hot selfie app Meitu? A healthy dose of your personal info

trump-meitu-w710-h473-2x You’ve probably seen a Meitu selfie in your Instagram or Facebook feed in the past 24 hours. The app smoothes skin, slims down faces, and even applies a layer of virtual blush and lipgloss, adding a beautifying effect to your photos. And although the app has been popular in China for years — Meitu went public in Hong Kong last month — it only recently caught on with… Read More

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