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Instagram quietly launches payments for commerce

Get ready to shop the ‘Gram. Instagram just stealthily added a native payments feature to its app for some users. It lets you register a debit or credit card as part of a profile, set up a security pin, then start buying things without ever leaving Instagram. Not having to leave for a separate website and enter payment information any time you want to purchase something could make Instagram a much bigger player in commerce. TechCrunch reader Genady Okrain first tipped us off to the payment feature. When we asked…

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Everything Facebook launched at F8 and Why

Day 1 of Facebook’s F8 conference was packed with announcements and updates. Here are 10 big takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote on Day 1. You can find full coverage and analysis of F8 here.  1. FaceDate Facebook is launching a dating feature where you can volunteer to make a profile that’s only visible to non-friends who’ve also opted in to looking for love. Facebook will match you based on all its data, and messaging will happen in a dedicated inbox rather than Messenger. Why: If Facebook wants to drive “meaningful…

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Snap is reportedly laying off around 100 employees

Snap is laying off around 100 employees that are part of its engineering staff, according to multiple reports from CNBC and Cheddar. The company expects to lay off as many as 100 people in the engineering department, according to those reports. It’s another sign of potentially re-aligning efforts as it looks to remake itself into something that’s differentiated from products like Instagram, which is repeatedly copying many of Snap’s core features like Stories. With that constant risk of copying at stake, Snap has had to make some drastic moves, like…

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The Rules of Regramming

So you want to re-post an Instagram photo. Maybe it's a group shot from your college reunion published by one of your friends, or maybe it's a meme that you think your brother would love. On Twitter, you'd hit Retweet. On Facebook, you'd press Share. On Instagram, you'd tap … nothing, because that option doesn't exist. For its part, Instagram has deliberately resisted adding a "regram" button. As Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom put it to WIRED last year, "that decision is about keeping your feed focused on the people you…

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Instagram now allows businesses to schedule their posts

Instagram today made a long overdue change to its product that social media managers have wanted for some time – it will allow businesses on Instagram to schedule their posts. Before, there were unofficial means to aid with this – like tools that would send out a push notification to remind you to publish a post at a given time, for example. But no functionality was available in Instagram itself. The closest Instagram got was the added support for Drafts, which allowed social media managers and other users to prep…

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Heres how NASA is preparing the largest telescope ever built for space

Goodbye.Image: lili sams/mashable Instagram has never been my favorite app, perhaps because I love reading words more than staring at photos. But beyond that core element, it’s continued to be the bane of my existence — at least while writing about the tech industry, chatting with friends, and watching the world around me strain to be more “Instagrammable.”  SEE ALSO: 2017’s most memorable Instagram moments I understand some people — maybe a decent amount of Instagram’s 500 million daily users — are inspired by the photos they see in their…

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This Husky Wants No Part of His Owners Christmas Card

Although he’s not actually grumpy, Siberian husky Anuko, has become Internet-famous for his unimpressed demeanour. In fact, Anuko’s owner Jasmine tells Bored Panda: “He has a dark black mask around his face that makes him look that way. It runs in his family. His surly, steely expression isn’t down to any kind of innately grumpy character, quite the opposite in fact. He is actually a very relaxed and kind dog who shows a great enthusiasm for the fun things in life.” [source] Below are some hilarious photos from Jasmine’s attempted…

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James Comey’s on Instagram now, and his first post shades Trump and Flynn

Former FBI Director James Comey smiling at the thought of justice.Image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images As hellfire prepares to rain down on the White House, former FBI Director James Comey is chillin’, you know, just getting his Instagram on. After news broke that Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russia, Comey responded by posting his first Instagram and trolling the men with a biblical verse about justice. SEE ALSO: Yeah, that secret Twitter account actually does belong to James…

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The Perfectly Timed Photos of Denis Cherim (Top 10)

The ‘Coincidence Project‘ is an ongoing photo series of perfectly timed and aligned compositions by Denis Cherim. Playing with light and shadow, and framing scenes with objects in the foreground; Cherim manages to find beauty in the seemingly mundane. Places where many would pass without giving a second thought, Cherim sees opportunity for an interesting photo. Cherim is currently showcasing his work in Taiwan with a 3-month residency at the Pier-2 Art Center. You can also find hundreds of more photos on his Instagram page. [via Colossal] DENIS CHERIMWebsite |…

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Tiny Japanese Hedgehog Goes on Big Awesome Camping Trip

Azuki, the tiny Japanese hedgehog with 270K Instagram followers, recently went on a camping trip with miniaturized versions of all the camping gear. From a tiny tent to a tiny stove and raft, this photo shoot is ridiculously adorable. You can find plenty more adventures on Azuki’s official Instagram page, @hedgehog_azuki! Photograph by @hedgehog_azuki on Instagram Photograph by @hedgehog_azuki on Instagram Photograph by @hedgehog_azuki on Instagram Photograph by @hedgehog_azuki on Instagram Photograph by @hedgehog_azuki on Instagram Photograph by @hedgehog_azuki on Instagram Photograph by @hedgehog_azuki on Instagram Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2017/11/tiny-hedgehog-goes-on-big-awesome-camping-trip/

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Instagram food photos being ruined at the last minute is your new favourite trend

Fed up of your friends getting their phones out while you’re eating? Sick of those artsy Instagram shots of food on a plate? Social media star Kevin Freshwater may have a solution. SEE ALSO: It’s impossible not to be impressed by this British comedian’s ‘skills’ He shared the following video on his Instagram page last week. It’s a montage of him ruining his friend’s Instagram food shots by mushing their meals with his fork at the last minute.  How to ruin people’s Insta pics 😂 (tag someone you would do…

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Artist Casts Shadows and Doodles on the Results (21 Photos)

For artist and filmmaker Vincent Bal, it all started with the simple shadow of a teacup. Fascinated, he decided to incorporate the shadow into a quick doodle. “Now I can’t help seeing things in shadows and everyday objects,” Bal explains. On Instagram, the artist has amassed a huge following for his hundreds of doodles. “When I make a film it takes three years at least from idea to audience. Here it takes two minutes. Nice.” Below you will find some of the Sifter’s personal favs but you can find hundreds…

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Swedish model gets rape threats after ad shows her unshaved legs

Arvida Bystrm is bombarded with online abuse after posing for Adidas video with hairy legs A Swedish model says she has received rape threats for posing in an advertisement with unshaved legs. Arvida Bystrm, who is also a photographer and digital artist, appears in a video and photograph promoting Adidas Originals Superstar range. Bystrm, who has described the norm for women to shave as fucked, has hairy legs in the images and says she has faced a vicious backlash as a result. She wrote on Instagram: Me being such an…

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Fed up woman took selfies with catcallers to shine a light on street harassment

Anyone who’s experienced catcalling knows how uncomfortable the experience can be — but one woman has found a way to bring more attention to it.  Last month, Noa Jansma, a 20 year old from Amsterdam, ran a social experiment where she takes selfies with her catcallers and exposes them on an Instagram account she created, @dearcatcallers. SEE ALSO: What Ellen Pao’s case—and advocacy—means to women Jansma explained in her first post how doing this empowers her, “By making the selfie, both the objectifier and the object are assembled in one…

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Storm Cloud in Georgia Looks Like Tsunami in the Sky

An ominous storm cloud was recently sighted over Hinesville, Georgia on August 31st and it looked like an incoming sky tsunami. Local resident and photographer Johanna Hood took some amazing photos and videos of the incredible shelf cloud, which is typically a precursor to a big thunderstorm. [via Johanna Hood on Instagram] Video by Johanna Hood on Instagram Photograph by Johanna Hood on Instagram Photograph by Johanna Hood on Instagram A shelf cloud is a low, horizontal, wedge-shaped arcus cloud. A shelf cloud is attached to the base of the…

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