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The Myth Of Freedom From Facebook | Bianca Bosker | Posted 02.28.2014 | Technology

When the CEOs of big companies buy smaller startups in a grab for their members, the executives know there’s a very important, very formulaic promis...

Rihanna, the N-word and Black Social Media Hypocrisy

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.28.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

The n-word is overused, misused and socially abused on sites like Facebook and Twitter all the time. And while we act as if Rihanna has done something extraordinarily taboo, I challenge you to check the Instagram accounts and tweets of many other hip-hop artists and friends.

Instagram Responds To Backlash Over Policy Changes

Posted 12.18.2012 | Technology

That was quick. Photo-sharing app Instagram on Tuesday announced that it plans to address a fierce backlash among users over forthcoming changes to...

Twitter Almost Beat Facebook To Instagram Purchase: Report

Reuters | Posted 02.15.2013 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Weeks before he accepted a $1 billion offer from Facebook Inc, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom had verbally agreed to sell his p...

Facebook Starts Hugging Instagram Closer

Reuters | Alexei Oreskovic | Posted 01.22.2013 | Technology

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is proposing to combine user data with that of recently acquired photo-shari...

Put A Filter On Me: Instagram Parody Song Debuts

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 09.19.2012 | Technology

The impulse to antique, add sepia and retro-blur the edges of just about every photo snapped on a phone can be a powerful one. So powerful, in fact, t...

Facebook Is About To Make Its Biggest Buy Ever

Reuters | Alexei Oreskovic | Posted 10.22.2012 | Technology

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission cleared Facebook Inc's acquisition of Instagram on Wedn...

11 Instagram Tips Every New User Should Know

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 06.26.2012 | Technology

Instagram is positively teeming with new users. Within weeks of the announcement that the company will be acquired by Facebook and the launch of a...

SAY CHEESE: Facebook Makes Big Announcement

AP | BARBARA ORTUTAY | Posted 07.24.2012 | Technology

NEW YORK — Facebook's rocky initial public offering hasn't stopped life at the world's biggest online social network. On Thursday, the company u...

Poke By Poke: How Facebook Ate Your Life, One Feature At A Time

Sarah Lacy | Posted 07.16.2012 | Technology
Sarah Lacy

Former TechCrunch senior writer Jason Kincaid is just young enough to remember those days and, in the book, he explains feature-by-feature how Facebook went from something most "grown ups" said they'd never use to something nearly 1 billion people can't live without.

Google, Twitter Pulled Into FTC's New Facebook Inquiry: Source

Reuters | Alexei Oreskovic | Posted 07.10.2012 | Technology

By Alexei Oreskovic (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has reached out to Google Inc and Twitter in an investigation into Fa...

FTC Reportedly Probing Facebook's $1 Billion Deal

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith and D.M. Levine | Posted 07.10.2012 | Technology

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may have opened a probe into Facebook's purchase of photo-sharing app Instagram. The social network in April ann...

Don't Know Much About History

Marty Kaplan | Posted 07.05.2012 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

If more people were paying even a modicum of attention to the past, the economic debate in the 2012 presidential campaign wouldn't be between one political party beholden to big money that dreamily depicts investment bankers and oligarchs as jobs creators, and another political party, also beholden to big money, that wants applause for fixing the problem. If more people remembered which policies worked and which failed during the Depression then the jobs debate in this election wouldn't be about austerity and deficits, it would be about stimulating short-term demand and making long-term investments in education, research and infrastructure.

Dot-Social and Dot-Cloud Bubbles

Vitaliy N. Katsenelson | Posted 06.27.2012 | San Francisco
Vitaliy N. Katsenelson

I can definitely sense that the second we mention the words "social" or "cloud" our objectivity in judging businesses dissipates.

Facebook: Why We Bought Instagram

The Huffington Post | Courteney Palis | Posted 04.23.2012 | Technology

With the release of an updated Form S-1 on April 23, Facebook has finally revealed to the world why it dropped $1 billion on Instagram. According t...

5 Tech Deals That Need to Happen

Eric M. Jackson | Posted 06.19.2012 | Technology
Eric M. Jackson

While there's no way to know which big deal will next grace the pages of GigaOM, allow me to offer a few humble recommendations. Here are five tech deals that make sense and why they need to happen.

WATCH: Instagram Founder Wanted HOW MUCH From Facebook?

The Huffington Post | Courteney Palis | Posted 04.19.2012 | Technology

One billion dollars is a pretty huge price to pay for an 18-month-old, thirteen-person company with no revenue. But, apparently, that's just half of w...

Facebook Is Officially 'The Man,' According To The Internet

Bianca Bosker | Posted 06.18.2012 | Technology
Bianca Bosker

Facebook, the Silicon Valley rebel that rebuffed Yahoo's 10-figure check, broke rules, and had the audacity to imagine itself taking over the web, has officially completed its transition from "cool" to "corporate" in the eyes of the Internet.

'Boobstagram' Site Shows Photos Of Boobs For Breast Cancer Awareness

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 04.14.2012 | Technology

Fresh on the heels of Facebook's 1 billion dollar purchase of the two-year-old photo-sharing service Instagram, it seems there's a new reason to pay a...

Why A Picture Is Worth $1 Billion: Instagram Has Moments, While Facebook Has Memories

Bianca Bosker | Posted 06.13.2012 | Technology
Bianca Bosker

Understanding Facebook's Instagram affair means starting with the simple fact that the app mastered an activity that makes up the heart and soul of Facebook: sharing photos among friends.

Facebook, Instagram and the Disciplines of Mergers and Acquisitions

Robert Teitelman | Posted 06.11.2012 | Technology
Robert Teitelman

Facebook is famously paying a cool billion dollars for the two-year-old app-based photo service. Instagram has 13 employees, 30 million users and no revenues. But Mark Zuckerberg decided the social media giant absolutely had to have the startup.

Instagram Isn't The Only Company Making Big Bucks With Few Workers

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 04.11.2012 | Business

Call it the Instagram economy. Businesses are raking in big bucks without hiring very many employees. Facebook announced on Monday that it was spe...

WATCH: Old People Discuss Facebook Buying Instagram

Posted 04.11.2012 | Comedy

By now you've probably heard that Facebook bought Instagram, the popular photo editing app and social network, for $1 billion, but if you didn't use t...

Facebook Gobbled Instagram -- But Who's Next?

Aaron Sankin | Posted 04.10.2012 | San Francisco

With the news breaking on Monday that social networking monolith Facebook went over to the San Francisco offices of mega-hot photo sharing app Instagr...

The Funniest Instagram Tweets

Posted 04.09.2012 | Comedy

This story has everything Twitter loves: technology, nerds, hipsters, a billion dollars, and an undercurrent of meaningless that makes sarcasm a moral...