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Instagram Update Includes Video Uploads, Photo-Straightening (SocialTimes)
One month after launching a video-sharing tool, Instagram has returned with new versions of its apps for iOS and Android. For the video portion of the app, Instagram has added the ability for users to upload videos from the media libraries on their phones as well as shooting videos from within the app. Users can trim these videos for length and crop the frame to best fit Instagram’s square shape. CNET In addition, the iOS version of Instagram now comes with a new camera tool that automatically straightens crooked photos. “We’re happy to announce that we’ve developed a brand-new technology that brings you straight photos instantly. When you take a photo with the in-app camera, you can now tap the new Straighten icon and your photo will correct to be level — it’s that simple,” Instagram said in a blog post. TechCrunch Video uploads will fling open the door to brands. Many were likely shy about conveying their brand through low-production value clips. Now they can have big agencies ship them clips to publish. Mashable At launch, Instagram only allowed you to upload video that was recorded within the app. While that worked great when you knew going in you wanted to share a video clip on Instagram, it also meant that you couldn’t share videos you had previously recorded using your phone’s camera. AllFacebook In related Instagram news, the City of New York launched its second annual #LoveNYC Instagram and Twitter photo contest, this time expanding its reach to Facebook since the social network started using hashtags. Residents can upload their photos showcasing their favorite aspects of the city’s five boroughs under the hashtag #LoveNYC for a chance to serve as an “Instagram Ambassador” for the city’s official Instagram account.
A Look Inside Majorca’s Twitter-Themed Hotel (AllTwitter)
Digital detox vacations have surged in popularity lately, yet 57 percent of people would not give up social media on vacation even for a 25 percent discount on their hotel stay. If you fall into the latter category, you might want to take a look at booking a stay at what is likely the world’s very first Twitter-themed hotel: Sol Wave House in Majorca, one of Spain’s Mediterranean Islands.
Facebook for BlackBerry 10 Update Finally Brings Support for Facebook Chat (The Next Web)
There’s good news for social networking addicts that own a BlackBerry 10 after the Facebook app got an update which finally adds support for Facebook Chat. Other enhancements to the app include an indicator when a Facebook Message is sent, the ability to change profile and cover photos direct from the application — which is handy since so many are taken on a smartphone these days — and general speed improvements.
Feedly Introduces Lifetime Paid Pro Features, Sells Out Immediately (AppNewser)
As of July 1, when Google reader shuttered its RSS service, Feedly has seen a drastic increase in users, and now the company managed to raise nearly $500,000 in subscriptions in a span of eight short hours. Feedly introduced its premium lifetime RSS service was priced at $99.99, and it sold out within the first day – a total of 5,000 happy backers. The money will go toward better hardware to run Feedly.
Photo-Sharing Site 500px Snaps its Way to $8.8M from Andreessen Horowitz, Others (VentureBeat)
High quality photo-sharing service 500px has raised $8.8 million in its first round of funding, with hopes to make 500px a bigger brand and to expand in the United States and internationally. Toronto-based 500px lets people discover, share, buy and sell premium photography.
Google Play Music All Access Comes to the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand (The Verge)
It’s been a few months since Google launched its Play Music All Access service, the company’s answer to Spotify, Xbox Music, or Rdio, and now it’s making its way out to countries besides the United States. According to Google’s service availability page, All Access is now available in the United Kingdom, eight countries across Europe (including Spain, France and Italy), Australia and New Zealand.
Eric Lefkofsky, Groupon Co-Founder, Named New CEO (The Huffington Post)
Groupon named co-founder Eric Lefkofsky as CEO, replacing Andrew Mason, who was fired from the online deals site in February amid growing concerns about its financial performance. Lefkofsky had served as Groupon’s chairman and half of the Office of the Chief Executive, along with vice chairman Ted Leonsis, since Mason’s ousting. Leonsis will now serve as the company’s chairman.
*Batman Voice* Here is a Weird Twitter Joke Generator (BetaBeat)
So you’ve heard of Weird Twitter, but you’re still not sure you get it. Enter the Weird Twitter joke generator, which is preloaded with the vocabulary of “Weird Twitter” users everywhere. (Think “sext:”, “*batman voice*”, “girl, are you a X,” etc..)
Does Facebook Keep You Company When You’re Eating Alone? [Infographic] (Adweek)
It used to be, dinner with friends meant actually sitting around the same table together, recipes came from mom, and phones were for talking. Now, people get their recipes from the Web and use their phones to snap pictures of their food, and thanks to Facebook, we never have to eat alone.