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Instagram Assures Users it Will Not Sell Their Photos (SocialTimes)
Tuesday morning tech blogs and social media lit up with users reacting to changes to Instagram’s privacy policies, which some users took to give the company permission to sell user’s photographs to advertisers. Instagram has taken notice and has issued a response reassuring users that it is not claiming rights to their photos. The New York Times Kevin Systrom, a co-founder of Instagram, wrote a lengthy blog post saying the company would change the new terms of service to make clearer what would happen to users’ pictures. “We’ve heard loud and clear that many users are confused and upset about what the changes mean,” he wrote. “I’m writing this today [Tuesday] to let you know we’re listening and to commit to you that we will be doing more to answer your questions, fix any mistakes, and eliminate the confusion.” VentureBeat Some had the idea that Instagram would use people’s photos similar to the way Facebook uses profile pictures in Sponsored Stories. Instagram says it will not use photos in this manner, and it is striking the verbiage that suggests this from its terms of service. The Daily Dot To help curb the mass exodus, Instagram released a statement on Tumblr at about 5 p.m. ET, stating it will “modify specific parts of the terms to make it more clear what will happen with your photos.” SocialTimes In related news, Instagram photos depicting girls alleged to be “sluts” led to a raucus protest Tuesday at a high school in Gothenburg, Sweden, according to a Swedish news report. The protesters were “throwing bottles and stones at the police and attacking passers-by and people driving past,” a police spokesman told the local press.
Report: Apple Considering Local Data Deal With Foursquare (SocialTimes)
Apple is in talks with Foursquare about using its local data to improve its maps application, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The company is reportedly talking to several local services companies in hopes of improving its poorly received maps application and integrating more local services into its mobile products. The Huffington Post According to The Street, Apple executive Eddy Cue has been using Foursquare’s service recently, checking in to two locations and posting the Foursquare updates on Twitter. Cue, normally an infrequent tweeter, took over Apple’s Siri and Maps as part of the company’s management shakeup in October. CNET No other photo-sharing service appears to have had a policy as broad as Instagram’s now-abandoned language, which claimed the perpetual right to license users’ photos to companies or any other organization, including for advertising purposes, which would effectively transform the Web site into the world’s largest stock photo agency. A hotel in Hawaii, for instance, could have written a check to Instagram to license photos taken at its resort and then use them for its own purposes.
Autoplay Video Ads Reportedly Coming to Facebook’s News Feed (AllFacebook)
In an effort to boost advertising revenue, Facebook will apparently start launching video ads in users’ news feeds, regardless if the person has liked the brand or not. According to AdAge, Facebook will launch video ads in early 2013, trying to attract TV advertising dollars.
Infographic: Do You Use Social Media on the Toilet? (SocialTimes)
According to the makers of this infographic, one in every six mobile phones has fecal matter on it. This infographic provides a breakdown of men versus women in different age groups that shows where all the sh#t on the Internet is coming from.
Now BlackBerry Users Can ‘Connect’ on Twitter Like The Rest of Us (AllTwitter)
If you’re one of the BlackBerry true believers, with a baggy full of track ball replacements to prove it, you’ll be thrilled by this new announcement from Twitter. Starting Tuesday, Dec. 17, “BlackBerry will have Connect capabilities on Twitter. New tabs, streamlined design, and simplified navigation makes this the most enjoyable Twitter for BlackBerry app yet.”
Exclusive: MAZ Reports Growth in Pinterest Activity, Makes Magazine Clips Shareable on Tumblr (SocialTimes)
MAZ Digital created an iPad publishing platform that works with digital magazines to let readers capture snippets of articles and share them on Pinterest or other networks. Tuesday, the company announced that readers will also be able to save pictures to the iPad Photo Roll or share them on Tumblr.
Why Kickstarter Projects Get Delayed (GalleyCat)
CNNMoney has published an investigative report, looking at why 84 percent of the biggest projects on Kickstarter were late. This is some crucial intelligence for independent creators, showing why even the best intentioned projects can get delayed.
WedPics Turns Wedding Table Cameras into an App (AppNewser)
In the old days, brides and grooms would put disposable cameras on the tables at their wedding as a way for guests to capture spontaneous photos. Nowadays since everyone has their phones with them anyway, why not just use an app?
Vimeo Launches Xbox 360 App, Bringing HD TV Viewing To Millions (SocialTimes)
Tuesday Vimeo released a new app for Xbox 360. Via the Xbox LIVE online entertainment platform, Xbox 360 users will now be able to sit back and stream Vimeo videos on their HD televisions live from the comfort of their living rooms.