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Instagram tops 500 million monthly active users

Over 500 million people now use photo-sharing service Instagram every month, the company has revealed. The news comes shortly after it switched to using algorithms to sort photos in feeds and launched a controversial redesign of its app and icon.

Revealed: How social media influences the brains of teenagers

A new research study, looking at the brains of teenagers who use social media regularly, has found that the responses in the brain to things like Instagram likes is similar to eating chocolate or other "pleasure responses."

U.S. actress pays $1,000 fine for carving names into Arizona rock

Sedona - Like the song says, love hurts. What the song does not say — but what actress Vanessa Hudgens found out last month — is that love can hurt in more ways than one.

Instagram goes monochrome with a complete design refresh

Instagram has announced a major refresh of its app that includes a new icon and updated design. Instagram has abandoned its old blue colours in favour of a monochrome palette accented by bright shades of pink, a significant revision of its app.

Instagram hacked by ten year-old boy

Helsinki - A ten year-old boy from Finland has hacked into Instagram, exposing a flaw in the Facebook-owned software. He has been rewarded by the company for his efforts.

Millennium Falcon drone helps dad remove daughter's loose tooth

When this father helped his daughter remove a loose tooth, the Force was with him. Along with a toy Millennium Falcon drone, which removed said tooth. And the whole episode was caught on video by mom in their home in Marin County, California.

Instagram rolls out longer videos to the public

Roughly two years after launching the video feature to the public, Instagram has made another big step, 60 second videos.

Instagram helps users stay secure with two-factor authentication

An update to Instagram, the popular photo sharing app and social network, has added support for two-factor authentication. It keeps users more secure by requiring them to enter a code sent to their smartphone each time they login from somewhere new.

Multi-account support comes to Instagram

Instagram has added the functionality to log into their application using multiple accounts on Apple and Android devices.

Op-Ed: Successful brands on social media this holiday season

Tracking social ROI is tricky but that doesn't give companies an automatic out. Even if every share doesn't turn into a sale, a solid social strategy can make shoppers sweet on your brand.

Instagram beta update adds support for using multiple accounts

A beta update to Instagram has added official support for using multiple accounts. The feature lets you switch logins at will without having to sign-out and in again. It will be particularly useful for people who maintain several different profiles.

Apple and Google remove Instagram app that stole user details

Apple and Google have removed a third-party Instagram client app from their stores that has stolen hundreds of thousands of user passwords. InstaAgent has quickly grown to be one of the most popular free clients in the UK, Canada and U.S.

Instagram unveils Boomerang for one-second looping videos

Instagram has launched a new standalone app designed to "turn everyday moments into something fun and unexpected." Available on Android and iOS, Boomerang provides a one-click way to create a 1-second long looping video.

Stories released via Instagram, Twitter could be new wave

A new novel that follows the correspondence of paternal twins on the eastern seaboard initially won't be a physical book; it will be released in installments via Instagram.

Instagram just introduced the feature everyone's been asking for

Instagram announced today that it is "thinking outside the square" and will now allow users to post in both landscape and portrait format.

San Francisco has 'Instagram officer'

San Francisco - Late last month, an appeals court in California affirmed a firearms conviction that used Instagram photos as evidence. The court documents also revealed that the San Francisco Police Department has at least one officer dubbed an “Instagram officer.

Op-Ed: Woman's response to body-shaming Tinder suitor goes viral

When Michelle Thomas went on a date with a man she'd met on dating app Tinder in late June, it seemed to be a nice outing. The evening went from drinks to dinner to a night on the town and then ended with a kiss.

Instagram account shames drivers who park badly

A Los Angeles resident is firing back at people who can't park by shaming them on Instagram. Andria Farrell, 32, started @ParkingSpotShaming out of sheer frustration with the parking situation in LA.

Instagram to start sending 'Highlights' emails to inactive users

Photo-sharing app Instagram is now rolling out a new feature that copies other rival social networks by sending inactive users regular digests of what they have missed. New "Highlights" emails feature some of the best unseen photos in a users' feed.

Artist sells other peoples' Instagram photos for $100k in NYC

An artist is exhibiting and selling other peoples' Instagram photos without permission in New York City right now. With prices reaching as much as $100k, the story is drawing controversy and criticism as a copyright loophole means it could all be legal.

Elephant grabs B.C. man's GoPro, snaps adorable 'elphie'

Vancouver - An enterprising elephant grabbed a Vancouver tourist's GoPro camera and snapped an "elphie" with the student. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity for Christian LeBlanc, a University of British Columbia student.

Instagram insult leads to teacher firing Special

Longmont - A Colorado visual arts teacher has been fired after insulting a student by posting a picture of a student on the social media website on Instagram.

Op-Ed: Trashy Instagram account humiliates Sydney homeless

Sydney - An Instagram account called “Murder Mall” has decided to go Nazi by picking on homeless people as targets in Sydney. Social workers are furious, and local media is less than impressed.

Lizard Squad hacks Taylor Swift's Twitter, Instagram accounts

Taylor Swift appears to the be the latest victim of the infamous Lizard Squad hacking group. Her Twitter and Instagram accounts were compromised early Tuesday afternoon.

Supermodel Kristina Pimenova, 9, 'most beautiful girl in world'

Moscow - Meet Russian child star Kristina Pimenova, 9, "the most beautiful girl in the world." Kristina is the subject of a raging controversy over the age appropriateness of her status as a supermodel. Critics are alleging that her handlers are "sexualizing" her.

People are now spending 21 minutes a day on Instagram

Facebook announced a lot of updated user numbers during its third quarter earnings call Tuesday evening. For example, 1.35 billion people now use Facebook every month, and 703 million people use Facebook on their mobile devices every day.

Spain's National Police gain interest on Instagram with hunky cop

Madrid - Spain's National Police have been beefing up their social media presence recently. Having already gained a huge following on Twitter, they are now a great hit on Instagram, after posting a photo of a muscular and very attractive anti-riot police officer.

Teacher captures stunning photo of great white shark

Swiftly spreading across the Web is this photo of a hungry great white shark taken by New Jersey elementary school teacher Amanda Brewer. “I wasn’t even a little bit frightened,” she said in an interview.

Notting Hill Carnival 2014 – As seen on Instagram

This year the Notting Hill Carnival was a huge success and was a great time for music and dancing in West London. What will happen for next year?

Blackberry teams up with Amazon to bring three times more apps

Good news for consumer and enterprise Blackberry users as over 240,000 new apps will arrive to Blackberry's AppWorld. Blackberry has partnered up with Amazon as a cost-cutting technique to bring more apps to users.
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