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Instagram Stories becomes Facebook's next step in ads

Facebook has detailed changes coming to Instagram ads that will make it easier for businesses to share content in Stories. The company is looking to monetise Stories to help advertisers reach new people. It's also rolling out more options to users.

Snap shares fall below $15 after underwriters downgrade stock

Snap's stock hit a new all-time low today as it fell to just $15 per share. Investors are increasingly anxious that Snapchat won't be able to sustain its meteoric growth as the competition from apps like Facebook and Instagram steps up.

Most dangerous social media app for mental health revealed

London - Social media platforms are rated in different ways, covering the spectrum from marketability to user experience. How about mental health? Instagram is rated, from a new survey, as the worst social media platform for young people's mental health.

Instagram launches face filters, the last big Snapchat feature

Instagram is rolling out support for face filters, an augmented reality feature that lets you overlay your selfies with masks and props. Predictably, the implementation strays little from Snapchat's original, completing Instagram's clone of its rival.

Instagram finally lets you upload images from your computer

Instagram is rolling out the ability to upload photos without using a smartphone. It's now possible to add new images from the company's website, a change that will please users who've wanted the ability for years. It expands the service's appeal.

Four Wisconsin schools block social media access in pilot project

Madison - Access to popular social media platforms are being blocked in four Madison, Wisconsin high schools in an effort to study the effect of social media usage during school hours on grades and behaviour. As expected, not everyone is happy.

Instagram passes 700 million active global users

Instagram has reached the 700 million users mark, another major milestone for the still rapidly growing app. It comes just a couple of weeks after the number of people using the app's Stories feature sailed well beyond rival Snapchat's entire audience.

Instagram now has an offline mode

Instagram recently launched a substantial update to its app that adds in a fully-fledged offline mode. You can now like, comment and unfollow people whilst offline, giving you an uncompromising experience even without a connection.

Some Instagrammers can make as much as $1,000 per post

Can you hack it making your living as an Instagram influencer? The money companies are pumping into it is steadily growing, too.

Instagram takes on Pinterest with new 'Collections' feature

Instagram is rolling out a new feature that expands its recently-added "Save" button with the ability to create Collections of posts that you can look back on in the future. It allows Instagram to move closer to popular social network Pinterest.

Instagram Stories now more popular than Snapchat

Instagram has announced that over 200 million people now use its Stories feature every month. It raises concerns for Snapchat, the app on which Stories is based. Snapchat currently has 160 million users, a figure Instagram has surpassed in under a year.

Instagram finally turns on two-factor authentication

Instagram has announced a series of changes to its app designed to improve security, privacy and safeguarding on its platform. It now blurs sensitive images by default and offers advice on staying safe. Among the new features is two-factor authentication.

Instagram now lets you save your livestreams forever

Instagram has announced a small but significant new feature that makes one of its headline capabilities more useful. It's now possible to download your live video streams to your phone's storage, letting you keep them after you've finished broadcasting.

Man who posed as Justin Bieber faces over 900 child sex charges

Brisbane - A 42-year-old Australian man who was already facing child sex charges was charged with an additional 931 counts this week. He is alleged to have posed as singer Justin Bieber in order to extort sexually explicit images and sex from children.

Instagram's new swipeable 'carousels' divide long-time users

Instagram has announced a new feature that lets you share up to 10 photos and videos in one post. The images show up as a swipeable carousel in the feed. The feature, designed to let people share more often, has been given a mixed reception by users.

How to manage social media and cope with newsfeed stress

A few years ago social media was a ‘fun’ activity. Now that it’s embedded in most people’s routines, managing page likes and newsfeeds creates its own special stress. Add to that dealing with unpleasant news and whole new stress factor is created.

Facebook Stories is exactly what it sounds like

Facebook is testing a new feature in its app called Stories. If you haven't already guessed, it's a Snapchat clone that lets you post ephemeral photos into a slideshow that disappears after a day. Facebook has repeatedly tried to copy Snapchat's success.

Jeff Timmons talks Bar 360, Instagram Star recognition, NYSE show Special

Jamaica - Jeff Timmons from the Grammy-nominated group 98 Degrees chatted with me about his upcoming show at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, New York.

Instagram rolls out live video and new Snapchat-style messaging

After previously confirming it's working on live video, Instagram has officially launched the feature across all supported platforms. Livestreaming is joined by a new "disappearing" messaging mode which makes Instagram even more similar to Snapchat.

Live video is coming to Instagram

Instagram's CEO has confirmed in an interview that the Facebook-owned company is working on adding live video streaming to its platform. Live video is already a popular feature on Facebook. Instagram will now follow its parent into the space.

Robbers led to Kim Kardashian by social media: police

Paris - One theory about why Kim Kardashian was robbed in her Paris apartment was that she was targeted after the thieves saw the expensive jewellery she had through her extensive posting on social media.

Instagram 19th service to pass one billion Android app installs

This week Instagram became the fourth online service app owned by Facebook to pass the one billion mark in Android app installs. Relatively speaking, it did not take Instagram all that long to get their, either.

Instagram introduces Stories, an almost total Snapchat clone

Instagram has announced a new feature called Stories, a name which might sound a little familiar. There's more in common with Snapchat Stories here than just the name though, as Instagram has almost completely copied Snapchat's original idea.

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.
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