Instagram is a photo-sharing program and social network that was launched in October 2010. The service allows users to take a square photo, apply a digital filter to it, and then share it with other Instagram users. As of December 2012, Instagram had 110 million registered users.

Instagram keeps attracting controversy: Now demands photo IDs and even birth certificates from some users.

Why can't corporations have some human TOS content, like 'Hey, try to be nice to others" instead of "We reserve the right to modify or terminate the Service or your access to the Service for any reason, without notice, at any time, and without liability to you"?  The totally Fubar part of this thing is that Instagram does NOT ask a new user to only use his real name as a username, as Facebook does. I gues Instagramers like 'Ducklover1919' and 'Whispeting Tuna 555' will have a really hard time proving their identities. Carl Franzen from TPM reports:

"Over the past week, a number of users of the popular photo sharing app Instagram and parent company Facebook have been locked out of their accounts and prompted by both services to upload images of their government issued photo IDs to regain access, as CNET first reported on Tuesday. Concerned users seeking to regain account access have turned to several outlets online, including Yahoo Answers, to try and determine whether or not the prompts asking for images of their IDs are real or are hacking attempts. . . . read more

Really Nice Images launches Instagram filter presets for Lightroom, will charge a juicy $20-per set.

Really Nice Images Press Release:

Another Instagram presets for Lightroom? Not really. What makes it so special? Two things: We created the first and the only one product in the world emulating not only the latest Instagram filters but also those from Instagram v.1.0. So we offer both: the true spirit of old filters and the most up to date look of new ones. Which set to use? It's up to customer. Approach and precision. We use our unique colour/tone matching technology to achieve the best matching result (see samples).
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Instagram outs new version, now comes in 25 languages, tightens Facebook integration, and includes a new filter: Mayfair, has a warm pink tone, subtle vignetting that brightens the center of the photograph, and a thin black border.

"Today, we’re introducing new and improved translations for 25 languages on Instagram! You can now navigate Instagram in your native language—on both mobile devices and the web—making it easier for anyone around the world to sign up for an account.

Enjoying photos on Instagram may not require written language, but translating Instagram helps all users understand . . . read more

Pop Photo: Instagram's new terms of service make lame filters the least Of User Worries, starting this January, Instagram will for all intents and purposes be able to sell your images.

Stan Horaczek has picked up some of the goodies in Instagram's new terms of service. Troubling stuff, to say the least:

"They sound like similar lawyer speak, but there are a few phrases in there that make a world of difference. "Transferrable" and "sub-licensable" are the most troubling because they give Instagram the right to literally sell your images to, well, whoever. When you upload your photo to the service, you're giving them a license to show it as part . . . read more

NY TImes bits blog: Flickr Has the Opportunity to Become the Next Flickr, and finally it moves to the right direction.

"On Wednesday the company announced a major update to the Flickr mobile application. People can take pictures, apply filters and share on any number of social networks. The new app can be summed up with one word: beautiful.But the app goes beyond just a few filters and a spruced-up design. The updated mobile experience now feels like a social network that focuses on photography, not a photography Web site that happens to have a social network. . . . read more

Instagram camera 3.2 (3.3 on Android) brings redesigned app, new filter, improved tilt and shift, and more.

"Instagram 3.2 - Improved Camera with a New Filter

Today we’re excited to announce the release of the largest upgrade to our Instagram iOS camera since it was revamped just over one year ago. The camera has been the core part of the Instagram experience since the day we launched and as a result, we’ve made significant improvements to its look and speed. . . . read more

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