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Rihanna posts topless pic to Instagram

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Clothing, Oops Photos,

Rihanna topless photo

Rihanna has set Twitter and Instagram ablaze with the a topless black-and-white photo of herself wearing short shorts and thigh highs. You can see the image, seemingly taken during a concert quick-change, above.


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HTC First: Facebook Home, 4.3-inch display, LTE, $99 on April 12

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Smartphones, Google, Handhelds,

HTC First

During today's Facebook Home announcement, HTC and AT&T announced the HTC First, a new smartphone set to launch in just over a week that was built from the ground up to run Facebook Home as its main interface. Aside from being the, um, first phone to launch with Facebook Home built-in, it'll also be the first smartphone to ship with Instagram pre-installed (although the Samsung Galaxy Camera does, too, but it isn't technically a phone.) The phone itself is a beautifully simple device from a design perspective, and on the inside runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor keeping things humming along, and status updates flowing across the 4.3-inch display. It also runs on AT&T's 4G LTE network, which Ralph de la Vega made sure to pimp as the fastest LTE network in the country. You'll be able to pick up the HTC First on April 12 (hey, the same day that the iPhone 5 hits T-Mobile!) for $99.99 in the US, and you'll have a choice of four colors: black, white, sky blue, or red.

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Justin Bieber Blasts Lindsay Lohan Comparisons

Justin Bieber and Lindsay Lohan

Justin Bieber has insisted he is nothing like Lindsay Lohan. The "Beauty And A Beat" singer lashed out at comparisons to the 26-year-old troubled starlet - who is set to go on trial next week after being charged with lying to police about a car accident and is also battling to pay her huge tax bills following a downward spiral which saw enter rehab and jail several times in recent years - in a lengthy rant on Instagram as he attempted to defend his recent bad behavior.

The 19-year-old popstar, who was criticized after he performed two hours late in London and threatened a photographer earlier this month, said he is nothing like the Liz & Dick actress, writing, "And to those comparing me to Lindsey (sic) Lohan look at her 2012 tax statements."

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Items Du Jour: Miley Changes Her Hair (Again), Anna Wintour’s Job Advice

Miley Cyrus+ Miley Cyrus has changed her hair again, adding a hint of blue to her now-famous pixie cut.

+ Reality star-turned-fashion designer Nicole Richie revealed that the real reason she sports braids so often is because she uses them to cover up her bad hair days!

+ When asked about what she thought of her latest ads for Miss Dior, Jennifer Lawrence was shocked at how unrecognizeable she appears in them, pointing out, "Of course it's Photoshop. People don't look like that!"

+ What inspirational advice did Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour bestow at Teen Vogue's annual "Fashion University" event for teens? "Get fired."

+ Despite her over-the-top "plastic," Barbie-centric image, Nicki Minaj swears that she has never undergone plastic surgery on her face.

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Jennie Garth Dating Big Gigantic Musician

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Television, Dating,

Jeremy Salken and Jennie GarthJennie Garth turns her back on 2012 by moving on from her split from husband Peter Facinelli and welcoming 2013 with a new guy - Jeremy Salken, of the band Big Gigantic.

The former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress has been dating the 31 year-old drummer since October and spent New Year's Eve with him. She confirmed their relationship via Instagram with a photo of the pair attached to a caption that read, "@biggiantic blows it out the house!!!!!!!!! #lovechicago #happynewyearyall (sic)"

Meanwhile, Facinelli has been dating his Loosies and Nurse Jackie co-star Jaimie Alexander.

Garth recently told People that she's happy that Facinelli "is happy," but hopes "there will come a time when [the split] won't sting so bad."

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Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom responds to backlash

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Legal, News, Social Networks,

instagram tos

Instagram wants you to know that it hears your concerns and its doing its best to alleviate the symptoms of change. Accordingly, the photo-sharing service has altered the parts of its new Terms of Service.

Earlier, we reported that many people were leaving the service for Flickr and the like, because people took the new ToS to mean the community's photos would be unfairly monetized for Instagram's gain. Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram, has since made it clear that is not the case. Systrom states that Instagram wants "to experiment with innovative advertising." Which according to Systrom means allowing Instagram access to people you follow, and who they follow, for businesses to use in order to better promote its business.

Systrom also claimed that users still own their content and that his company won't sell user photos to advertisers.

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Instagram sees massive backlash for new terms of service

Instagram TOS

Instagram users are flocking to greener pastures after the photo-sharing service posted new Terms of Service this week. With the new TOS, users are required to consent to allowing the Facebook-owned service license their public photos to companies, organizations and advertisers. As CNET puts it, this could make Instagram a stock photo service in itself, without paying out to photographers.

More than likely, however, the new TOS are for Instagram users would be used in promotional images, rather than as stock photos that cheat the photographers out of money. It's the fact that the latter is a possibility that is causing some users to embark on an exodus to Flickr, Hipstamatic or Twitter.

The Verge reports that searching for Instagram on Twitter brings up several instructions for how to export your Instagram pics and cancel your account. There are also several tweets spreading about which photo-sharing services make a good Instagram replacement, such as the article Fast Company posted

The change in its Terms of Services coincides not only with the unwelcome change in photo-cropping functionality, but also as Twitter adds its own photo filters, and Flickr releases version 2.0 of its iOS client. It may be a temporary setback for Instagram, or it could spell the beginning of the end if the service doesn't do something fast to appease its users.

Read More | CNET via The Verge


Twitter allegedly attempted to buy Instagram for $525 million

Twitter buy Instagram

Way before Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion, Twitter apparently made an offering of its own, to which Instagram initially agreed to.

The offer from Twitter, according to The New York Times, was for $525 million. Instagram's CEO, Kevin Systrom, agreed to the buy-out, but changed his mind before selling Instagram to Facebook without allowing Twitter to make a counter offer.

What's interesting is that Systrom had stated while under oath to the California Corporations Department that Instagram had never received another formal offer. None of the parties have commented on the Times article that brought this information to life, but it could mean we might be in the throes of an intense legal battle shortly.

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Twitter for iOS updated with Instagramish photo filters

Twitter App iOS version 5.2 (2)     Twitter App iOS version 5.2

Instagram started it; Facebook has it now and, of course, social micro-blogging service Twitter won't be left behind. Twitter has followed suit with it's own editing and filtering functionality update in version 5.2. Here is a list of changes and new features:

Create beautiful photos right within Twitter, with filters powered by Aviary.

  • Apply one of eight different filters to instantly add a new look and feel to your photos
  • Choose a filter by comparing all your options in a convenient grid view or by swiping through each version
  • Make your photos pop with balanced light and colors by tapping the auto-enhance wand
  • Crop and scale to frame the action the way you want
  • We’ve also added many other improvements and fixes to this update.

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Instagram 3.2 adds improved camera, new filter, Foursquare integration

Instagram version 3.2       Instagram version 3.2 iOS

Photo enthusiasts will be happy to know that their favorite mobile photo editing social app, Instagram, has been updated. Version 3.2 has a plethora of new features and design improvements, along with deeper FourSquare integration. Here is a list of changes that come with this update.

  • A new filter! Willow
  • Take photos faster with Instagram’s all-new camera
  • Improved quality of tilt-shift
  • Scroll infinitely on user profiles and other grid views

Other improvements:

  • We added a Foursquare button on location pages that opens the Foursquare app (or Foursquare mobile website) with details about the venue
  • Filtered photos are now saved to a separate album called "Instagram" in the camera roll
  • New welcome screen design

Read More | Instagram

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