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Yes, You Can Use Instagram Direct For Sexting (As Long As Your Friends Aren’t Narcs)

Kevin Systrom addresses the unwashed masses. (Photo: Getty)

It’s been an hour since this morning’s presser ended, so you’ve probably heard about Instagram Direct and all the wondrous features it is bringing to your smartphone. You can use it for secret picture messages! You can pick and choose the recipients! You can exclude people to make yourself feel important!

But the question on everyone’s minds, or at least the minds of the people who read this blog, or at the very least the minds of the people who write this blog, is this: can you use it for sexting? Read More

shameless rumormongering

Rumor Roundup: Kim Kardashian and Kevin Systrom Chill in the Dark and Sheryl Sandberg’s $11M Bunker

(Photo: Instagram)

Cooling with Kim This past weekend saw an unprecedented (but totally welcome) spike in news stories pertaining to both Instagram and the Kardashian Krew, much to our delight. Saturday night, Kim Instagrammed a candid-looking-but-probably-posed selfie of herself and Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom, captioned “Chilling with the creator of Instagram @kevin.” Are the two BFFs now?

More importantly: Second to grandma’s talkshow Kris, the photo-sharing service was one of the first places an official photo of baby Nori was distributed. Take that, Anna Wintour.

Anyway, the pair look like they’re in a closet playing a game of Seven Minutes in Heaven. Read More

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Rumor Roundup: Marissa Mayer Gets the Vogue Treatment and One Startup CEO Swears He’ll Cry at JOBS

Ms. Mayer at the Met Ball in 2010. (Photo: Tumblr)

The CEO exit Marissa Mayer, the flaxen-haired Yahoo CEO with the machine gun giggle, got the feature treatment in the September issue of Vogue. In a six page spread published online today, readers are greeted with a photo of the ex-Googler awkwardly stretched out on a chaise lounge donning a navy blue shift, her own visage glowing from an iPad she’s holding. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: The Media Seems to Have Misplaced Edward Snowden

Good morning, sunshine! (Photo: flickr.com/globochem)

Hulu’s up for sale, and depending on the buyer, it could mean big, big changes for the site. [New York Times]

After reports that Edward Snowden would be fleeing from Moscow to Havana today via Aereoflot, several reporters bought tickets and showed up–only too discover, too late, that Mr. Snowden wasn’t on the plane. They’re still stuck on the flight for Cuba. We’re guessing they no longer find Carmen Sandiego jokes very funny.  [Gawker]

Kevin Systrom says Instagram will come to Windows Phone and Blackberry before Google Glass. And it took them a veritable eternity just to get to Android. [Fast Company]

“Are we embracing a soft xenophobia applied to a sector rather than a race, to some cohesive elite tech class that doesn’t exist outside of our own minds?” [SF Gate]

The Bitcoin Foundation has gotten a cease and desist from the state of California. [Forbes]

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Instagram Adds Video Feature So You Can Now Show Us Clips of You Drinking Your Cocktail

Here it is. (Photo: Instagram/Facebook)

The update we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, and you can now post videos to your Instagram.

“Video is a complex medium … it’s hard to edit, it’s hard to manage, it’s hard to upload,” said Instagram’s Kevin Systrom at Facebook’s Menlo Park HQ today. In fact, he added, he and his cofounder considered including video initially, but they couldn’t do it with the “speed, simplicity, and beauty” of photos. So now, team Facebook to the rescue!

You’d think Mr. Systrom had never even heard of Vine. Read More

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Rumor Roundup: Zuck’s in Hawaii, While Kevin Systrom Looks So Maj Next to Rachel Zoe

(Photo: Instagram)

Hawaii Zuck-O Look who ditched the hoodie (but kept the Adidas sandals). Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was recently spotted indulging in a little Hawaiin R&R with wifey Priscilla Chan. US Weekly reports the pair “looked excited to be spending quality time together,” which makes sense since it’s pretty easy to be happy when you’ve escaped the maw of Silicon Valley. The Zucks also “chowed down” on something called “beachside burgers” at a “picnic table.” Stars: they’re just like us (but rich). Read More

Hipster Rage

Remain Calm! Instagram Releases Monthly Active User Number

REMAIN CALM. (Photo: screencap)

When Instagram released its new terms of service back in December, users flipped their shit so hard that many of them swore they were giving up the service entirely. But anyone actually live up those promises? The New York Post said so. Based on stats from AppData, which only counts accounts linked to Facebook, the paper reported that daily active users had dropped from 16.4 million to 12.4 million as of December 29.

But those numbers got so much coverage that Instagram, which rarely pulls up the curtain, felt compelled to counter claims it’s hemorrhaging users. AllThingsD reports the company has added a number to the list of stats on its press page: 90 million monthly active users. Boo-yah? Read More

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The Latest Victim of Instagram Rage: Poor Beast Zuckerberg

SO unfair to poor Beast, who is just doing his doggie best to herd that animal.

Mark Zuckerberg’s adorable moppet of a puppy is all grown up and herding sheep these days, it seems. But even his charming resemblance to a dirty mop can’t keep him safe from the Instagram backlash.

Three days ago, Facebook founder posted an Instagram image of his canine companion chasing a barnyard animal. The first comments were limited to Beast’s cuteness. But when TOSgate erupted, the photo of the magnificently filthy monster was flooded with comments from infuriated Instagram users, venting their rage at the man they consider directly responsible for Instagram’s new terms of service. Read More