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Facebook is reportedly working on a standalone messaging app that combines the best of Instgram and Snapchat into one. In other words, this companion app to Instagram will enable its users to share content, location, speed, and even battery life with close friends, in addition to standard text / photo / video messages using the service’s filters. Read more for another picture and additional information.
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Ferrari has been known to be quite protective of its image, and when designer Philipp Plein posted an image of sneakers on his Ferrari to Instagram, the automaker wasn’t happy to say the least. Ferrari’s lawyer Fabrizio Sanna of Orsingher Ortu Avvocati Associati claims that Plein’s usage of images featuring Ferrari’s prized trademarks associates Ferrari “with a lifestyle [that is] totally inconsistent with [its] brand perception.” Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Illustrator Sheng Lam wanted to put an anime-style twist on many of today’s most popular social media platforms, including Spotify, Netflix, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. So, he transformed them into retro gadgets of sorts that correspond to what kind of social media platform they are, like a “Phasebook” floppy drive, “Instogram” Polaroid camera, “Soundkloud” mini disc player, and more. Read more to see them all.
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A Russian energy company has warned Instagram users not to swim in a stunning turquoise lake nicknamed the “Siberian Maldives”, also called the “Novosibirsk Maldives,” because it’s actually a coal plant’s ash dump filled with harmful metal oxides and calcium salts. “In the last week, our ash dump has become a celebrity on social networks,” said the Siberian Generating Company, warning Instagrammers or any potential visitors to not to drink the water and stating that even “skin contact with the water can lead to an allergic reaction”. Read more for a video and additional information.
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About 2-months ago on May 16th a brazen phone thief stole an iPhone and then proceeded to post a bizarre selfie to the victim’s Instagram account. Police in New Jersey are currently searching for the thief, and have turned to social media in hopes someone recognizes the person who is still on the loose. “The Kearny Police Detective Bureau is turning to our facebook community for assistance in identifying a person of interest in the attached photograph,” said a representative. Read more for a news report video and additional information.
Grumpy Cat, the famed internet celebrity for her permanent frown, died this week, aged 7. Despite being cared for by top professionals, Grumpy died on Tuesday from complications after a recent urinary tract infection. “Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world – even when times were tough. Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere,” said the family. Read more for another video and additional information.
Unlike other TVs, the Samsung Sero Vertical TV aims to be a giant smartphone display, but it can actually pivot between vertical and horizontal viewing. This 43-inch OLED 4K UltraHD display offers NFC-compatibility so you can mirror content from your mobile device straight to the screen. Or, you can use it as a digital photo frame for your Instagram shots or even a music visualizer. Other features include: 4.1 channel sound, 60W audio, and Samsung Bixby voice assistant. It’ll set you back a cool $1,623 when it launches in Korea at the end of May. Read more for a video and additional information.
Is Facebook or Instagram not loading on this Wednesday afternoon? You aren’t alone. There have been outage reports for Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram, across social media networks worldwide. Many decided to post on Twitter with the hashtag #facebookdown to make it a trending topic in the U.S. According to website monitoring service Down Detector, company is experiencing issues across a large portion of the U.S. and Europe as well as less reports from South America and Asia. Read more for a video about Facebook’s privacy plans and for additional information about this outage.
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JetBlue is offering a chance to win free flights as part of its “All You Can Jet” sweepstakes, but to even have a shot at winning, you’ll have to temporarily delete your Instagram photos. The company says that “with a blank social slate, participants are able to make room for all the destinations and activities they could capture and share using the pass.” To enter the contest, simply create a customized image on Jet Blue’s website by filling in the blank for “All You Can ____” and picking an image to illustrate a place, activity or person you’d like to visit if you win. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today the plans to unify the underlying messaging infrastructure of its WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger services as well as incorporate end-to-end encryption to these apps. The three services will remain as stand alone apps, and is still in the early stages of the work in hopes to complete it by the end of this year or in early 2020. Read more for a video and additional information.