SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Instagram, which spurred suspicions this week that it would sell user photos after revising its terms of service, has sparked renewed debate about how much control over personal data users must give up to live and participate in a world steeped in social media.
In forcefully establishing a new set of usage terms, Instagram, the massively popular photo-sharing service owned by Facebook Inc, has claimed some rights that have been practically unheard of among its prominent social media peers, legal experts and consumer advocates say.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Nielsen Holdings NV
, the television viewership measurement company, said on
Monday it will partner with Twitter to publish a new set of
ratings that measure chatter on Twitter about TV programming.
The new measurement, dubbed the “Nielsen Twitter TV Rating,”
seeks to tap into the stream of viewer commentary and armchair
musings generated on “second screens” – the smartphones and
tablets perched on Twitter users’ laps while they watch, say,
Monday Night Football or the latest episode of “Homeland” on
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 13 (Reuters) – When the Israeli army and
Hamas trade virtual blows in cyberspace, or when hacker groups
like Anonymous rise from the digital ether, or when WikiLeaks
dumps a trove of classified documents, some see a lawless
But Matthew Prince, chief executive at CloudFlare, a
little-known Internet start-up that serves some of the Web’s
most controversial characters, sees a business opportunity.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter on Monday introduced the ability to add color filters to user-uploaded photos, a step that sharpened its budding rivalry with Facebook Inc.
Twitter’s filters mimic the popular feature that has defined Instagram, the booming photo service acquired by Facebook this year for $715 million.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s recently acquired photo-sharing service Instagram removed a key element of its integration with Twitter, signaling a deepening rift between two of the Web’s dominant social media companies.
Instagram Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said Wednesday his company turned off support for Twitter “cards” in order to drive Twitter users to Instagram’s own website. Twitter “cards” are a feature that allows multimedia content like YouTube videos and Instagram photos to be embedded and viewed directly within a Twitter message.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Social games maker Zynga
Inc said on Wednesday it filed a preliminary
application to run real-money gambling games in Nevada, a
significant step in cracking a complex but potentially massive
new market that could resuscitate its faltering business.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board will now examine whether
Zynga is fit to hold a gaming license that would allow gamblers
in the state to bet real money on the San Francisco-based
company’s popular games like Zynga Poker, which currently
involve only virtual chips with no monetary value.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s
recently-acquired photo-sharing service Instagram removed a key
element of its integration with Twitter, signaling that
competition between the popular Web social media companies may
be heating up.
Instagram said it had turned off support for Twitter “cards”
- a Twitter feature that allows Instagram’s photos to be
embedded and viewed directly within a Twitter message. On
Wednesday, Twitter users discovered that Instagram photos did
not display properly on Twitter’s website.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Silicon Valley may believe that mobile devices represent the future of information technology, but they’ve yet to come up with a slick and comprehensive way to read and process news.
A growing group of technology entrepreneurs hopes to change that.
This week, Wavii, a start-up founded by a former Microsoft Corp employee, Adrian Aoun, unveiled a free iPhone app that filters news stories from around the world, crunches them through a natural language processing algorithm and presents them in five- or six-word summaries.
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc and
Zynga Inc severed the cozy ties that once bound the
Internet industry’s closest couple, revising a years-old
partnership between the two companies.
The two companies reported in regulatory filings on Thursday
that they had reached an agreement to amend a deal struck in
2010 that was widely seen as giving Zynga privileged status on
the world’s No.1 social network.
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc’s steadily
tightening grip over the 140-character messages on its network
has set off a spirited debate in Silicon Valley over whether a
social media company should or should not lay claim over its
That debate has now landed in court.
A San Francisco judge on Wednesday granted a temporary
restraining order compelling Twitter to continue providing
access to its “Firehose” – the full daily stream of some 400
million tweets – to PeopleBrowsr Inc, a data analytics firm that
sifts through Twitter and resells that information to clients
ranging from technology blogs to the U.S. Department of Defense.