(CBS News) It's official! Instagram is now part of the Facebook family.
"Our deal with Facebook has closed," the Instagram team said in a blog post Thursday. The company went on to say that the team will move into Facebook's office and that the popular mobile app "isn't going anywhere."Continue »
The DNC is creating several opportunities for supporters to engage on social media networks. An official app on Facebook lets users tweet their nominations on Twitter, using the phrase "I nominate Barack Obama because..." and the hashtag #INominateDNC. A DNC 2012 app has been launched for iPhones and Android devices. The app lets users view the convention schedule, explore Charlotte and follow convention tweets.Continue »
The 82-year-old legendary actor and director made an appearance at the RCN to support Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. During a 10-minute improvised speech, Eastwood exchanged words an imaginary President Obama.Continue »
A fairness hearing, the last hurdle for Facebook before it could move forward with its Instagram deal, concluded today with the expected approval, a Facebook spokesperson has confirmed.
No other details were released.Continue »
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(CBS News) If you use Tweetbot or Twitterrific, changes are coming that may affect how you tweet.
Twitter, the real-time micro-blogging service, announced Thursday changes to its application programming interface (API) that will limit how often a third-party client can access Twitter.Continue »
The biggest change is the introduction of the photo map. Instagram users that enable location service will be able to see their photos on a map.Continue »
A new Google Chrome extension sets out to replace photos in your Facebook news feed by swapping out cuddly kids with anything of your choosing.
Instead, they'll get a message that says this, "Unable to Find Friends. Twitter no longer allows its users to access this information in Instagram via the Twitter API. We apologize for any inconvenience."Continue »
(CBS/AP) Facebook has acquired the facial-recognition technology company Face.com.
The company helps people tag photos on the Internet by figuring out who is in them. The Israeli company announced the acquisition on its blog on Monday.
Face says that by working with Facebook it will have more opportunities to develop technology that people will use.
(CBS News) Facebook launched a mobile photo-sharing app Thursday, just months after announcing it would acquire Instagram. Comparisons and conspiracy theories have already started making rounds.
First, what are Facebook Camera's features?
The social network's new mobile photo-sharing app lets users take photos and upload them to Facebook, just like in the current mobile app. The two main differences are the addition of filters and batch uploads. The photos also seem to upload faster than when using Facebook's mobile app.
Once photos are uploaded they automatically go into the mobile uploads folder on your profile, just as they would if uploaded through the Facebook app. People and locations can also be tagged in the app before they are uploaded.
Facebook Camera and Instagram: Friends or foes?
Instagram launched for the iPhone in 2010. The app lets users upload or take photos and apply filters to get a similar look and feel of lo-fi photography. After photos are processed users can immediately broadcast to other Instagram users, Twitter or Facebook directly from the app.
While filters are generally associated with Instagram, the trend began gaining traction on smartphones with the Hipstamatic app in 2009. Other mobile photo-sharing apps, like Path or Camera+, also offer filters much like Instagram. It could be argued that Facebook is only following market demands, however there's been some speculation to the contrary.
"Facebook purchased Instagram to remove the competition," Forbes contributor Patrick Moorhead alleged. If conspiracy theorists were looking for a meaty conversation piece, this might be the bite they'd all cite.
Facebook did not comment on the allegations made by Moorhead, but a spokesperson for the company responded with this statement:
"While our acquisition of Instagram has not yet closed, Mark has stated publically that we're committed to building and growing Instagram independently."
Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg announced in April that the social network would acquire Instagram. It was later reported that the social network paid a whopping $1 billion for the company.
Zuckergerg posted on his Facebook wall that the company will "try to learn from Instagram's experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook's strong engineering team and infrastructure."
Some of the notable honorees include New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who will receive the Webby Award for Lifetime Achievement for his work with the Bloomberg media corporation. Actress Juliette Lewis and comedian Graydon Sheppard will receive a special achievement award for the viral web video "Sh*t Girls Say." Comedian Louis C.K. will be honored with a Webby Person of the Year award.Continue »
The social network now reports 901 million monthly active users, 300 million photos uploaded per day and 125 billion friendships. The filing also shows that 488 million people access Facebook via mobile products.Continue »
If Facebook's documents are approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the social network will likely hit the NASDAQ on May 17, reports TechCrunch. The technology blog cites "multiple sources close to the company."Continue »
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