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‘Billy on the Street’ is asking important questions: Why isn’t Emma Stone on Instagram?

Our country is extremely divided, but Billy Eichner is back on the street asking real questions to real people.  Eichner led Emma Stone through the streets of New York to find out what it’ll take for her to join Instagram. SEE ALSO: Billy Eichner Proves New Yorkers Don’t Care About the Emmys New Yorkers have a lot to say to Emma Stone, it turns out. There’s the man who saw La La Land three times in theaters, the woman who doesn’t care for her to do a horror movie, and…

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Maisie Williams’ goodbye to ‘Game of Thrones’ was appropriately bloody

Image:  HELEN SLOAN/HBO Maisie Williams, a.k.a. Arya Stark, has officially said goodbye to Game of Thrones.  On Saturday morning, the actress announced she’d finished filming the show’s eighth and final season by sharing a photograph of blood-stained white sneakers. A post shared by Maisie Williams (@maisie_williams) on Jul 7, 2018 at 4:53am PDT SEE ALSO: Of all the gross stuff on ‘Game of Thrones,’ this one scene was almost too much for Jaime Lannister “Goodbye belfast. goodbye arya. goodbye game of thrones. what a joy i’ve had. here’s to the…

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Instagram launches IGTV app for creators, 1-hour video uploads

Instagram is ready to compete head-on with YouTube. Today at a flashy event in San Francisco, the company announced it will begin allowing users to upload videos up to one hour in length, up from the previous one-minute limit. And to house the new longer-form videos from content creators and the general public, Instagram is launching IGTV. Accessible from a button inside the Instagram homescreen, as well as a standalone app, IGTV will spotlight popular videos from Instagram celebrities. The launch confirms TechCrunch’s scoops over the past month outlining the…

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Instagram hits 1 billion monthly users, up from 800M in September

Instagram’s meteoric rise continues, dwarfing the stagnant growth rates of Snapchat and Facebook. Today Instagram announced that it has reached 1 billion monthly active users, after passing 800 million in September 2017 with 500 million daily users. That massive audience could be a powerful draw for IGTV, the longer-form video hub it’s launching for creators today. While IGTV monetization options are expected in the future, content makers may flock to it early just to get exposure and build their fan base. The Instagram brand increasingly looks like Facebook’s life raft.…

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Teens dump Facebook for YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat

A Pew survey of teens and the ways they use technology finds that kids have largely ditched Facebook for the visually stimulating alternatives of Snapchat, YouTube and Instagram. Nearly half said they’re online “almost constantly,” which will probably be used as a source of FUD, but really is just fine. Even teens, bless their honest little hearts, have doubts about whether social media is good or evil. The survey is the first by Pew since 2015, and plenty has changed. The one that has driven the most change seems to…

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Instagram code reveals upcoming music feature

Instagram is preparing to let you add music to your Stories, judging by code found inside its Android app. “music stickers” could let you search for and add a song to your posts, thanks to licensing deals with the major record labels recently struck by Facebook. Instagram is also testing a way to automatically detect a song you’re listening to and display the artist and song title as just a visual label. Listenable music stickers would make Instagram Stories much more interesting to watch. Amateur video footage suddenly looks like…

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This Guy Printed out the Terms of Service for the Worlds Most Popular Apps

Dima Yarovinsky “I Agree” is a project by designer Dima Yarovinsky that visually showcases the lengthy ‘terms of service’ we agree to in order to use the world’s most popular online services like Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Tinder. The project was part of an artist’s showcase on display at the Visualizing Knowledge 2018 Conference earlier this month in Helsinki, Finland. [h/t DesignBoom] Dima Yarovinsky I took the content of the “terms of service†of the leading online services that we use on a daily basis (including Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Tinder…

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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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