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Instagram photo-sharing service goes down

Popular photo-sharing site Instagram was not working Saturday, as frustrated users quickly turned to social network Twitter and other web sites to share their complaints. On the company's official Twitter feed, it confirmed there was a problem, calling it "a feed delivery issue," and said it was working to fix it. The downed service quickly prompted complaints and jokes on Twitter and other sites, often linked to the popularity of sharing photos of meals with the service.

Instagram bug hides users' most recent photos, company says it is fixing problem

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Instagram says it is fixing a bug that has hidden users' photos on its mobile app from the past several days. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app said on Twitter Wednesday that it is working on fixing a temporary glitch that is showing photos from several days ago. It did not say how long it would take to fix the problem. Instagram has 200 million users who share an average of 60 million photos per day.

Instagram closing gap with Twitter in US

Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service, has almost caught up with Twitter's number of US users. The market research firm eMarketer said in a report Thursday that nearly 35 million people in America accessed Instagram at least once each month as of the end of 2013, a jump of more than 30 percent from a year earlier. And the report said nearly 25 percent of smartphone users in the United States will use Instagram at least once a month by the end of this year -- bringing the total user base to more than 40 million.

Instagram signs deal with major ad agency

Facebook-owned photo sharing service Instagram on Friday said it has landed its first deal with a major ad agency. The leading social network wouldn't disclose financial aspects of the alliance with Omnicom, but online reports indicated it could be worth as much as $100 million in ads from clients the agency represents. "Omnicom shares our passion for and understanding of the mobile Instagram community," Facebook director of market operations Jim Squires said in an email reply to an AFP inquiry.

Flickr co-founder seeks another hit with new Findery app

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Findery, a map-based social networking service started by the co-founder of popular photo-sharing site Flickr, launched a mobile app on Thursday. The free app, which is available for Apple Inc iPhones, lets users leave notes, photos and videos about real-world locations on digital maps.

Facebook announces steps to stop illegal gun sales

Facebook is taking aim at people who are using the social network or Instagram photo-sharing platform to sell guns. Under pressure from gun safety advocates, the social network will block members under 18 years of age from viewing pages or timeline posts reported to involve private sales of firearms and will set up online "checkpoints" warning people that such deals may be illegal.

Facebook, Instagram crack down on gun sales on social networks

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc and its photo sharing subsidiary, Instagram, will delete posts offering to buy or sell guns without background checks, Facebook announced on Wednesday. In an effort to curb what gun control advocates say is the increasing use of the social networks to circumvent checks and controls on firearms sales, Facebook and Instagram will also bar users under 18 from viewing gun offers posted by individuals or groups.

Facebook announces steps to stop illegal gun sales

Facebook is taking aim at people who are using the social network or Instagram photo-sharing platform to sell guns. The social network will block members under 18 years of age from viewing pages or timeline posts reported to involve private gun sales and will set up online "checkpoints" warning people that such deals may be illegal. "We will not permit people to post offers to sell regulated items that indicate a willingness to evade or help others evade the law," Facebook head of global policy management Monika Bickert said in a blog post.

Facebook stock jumps to record high after strong mobile revenue boosts 4th-quarter results

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Facebook's stock is soaring after the social networking company reported stronger-than-expected results for the fourth quarter, fueled by strong mobile advertising revenue. Facebook Inc., which turns 10 next week, said Wednesday that more than half of its advertising revenue now comes from mobile. That's a big milestone considering it only started showing mobile ads in 2012. Investors fretted at the time that it wouldn't be able to evolve into a "mobile-first" company. The quarter's results are a sign that it has.

Q&A with Rus Yusupov, co-founder of Twitter's Vine, on the 6-second sweet spot

TORONTO - Just as Twitter proved it's possible to get a clear point across in a taut 140 characters, Vine users are demonstrating that six seconds is plenty of time to craft a compelling video. Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the video sharing app Vine, which was acquired by Twitter in October 2012, a few months before the startup company officially launched to the world. Its six-second limit prompted plenty of eye-rolling when it was first released and critics questioned how users could possibly make anything of real quality with such a short span of time.
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