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  • Another Business Use For Instagram: Vitrue Integrates Photos With Brands’ Facebook Campaigns

    Another Business Use For Instagram: Vitrue Integrates Photos With Brands’ Facebook Campaigns

    Kevin Systrom, the CEO of Instagram, earlier this week spelled out a few ways that Instragram might, one day, make revenue through marketing and advertising around its photo-taking, filtering and sharing service, which now has 27 million registered users. But for now, another company is using some of the big buzz around the mobile startup for its own business gain: Vitrue has launched an… Read More

  • No Filter Required: Instagram Reportedly Raising $40M At $500M Valuation

    No Filter Required: Instagram Reportedly Raising $40M At $500M Valuation

    Instagram, the photo touch-up and sharing app, doesn’t make a penny in revenue from consumers, but it’s picking up users faster than you can click on a point-and-shoot camera, and the app is, well, just kind of great. Now, Instagram is poised to pick up another round of funding worth about $40 million, which will value the startup at $500 million, according to reports. According to… Read More

  • A Very Special Episode: TV Takes On Patent Trolls

    A Very Special Episode: TV Takes On Patent Trolls

    While I find most reality TV abhorrent, last week’s Shark Tank brought a very interesting concept to the usual babble that is the modern “boss” show. In this episode, Scott Jordan, creator of ScottEVest, appeared in front of a motley crew of entrepreneurs including Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary to pitch his patent licensing business, Technology Enabled Clothing or TEC. Read More

  • InstaMatch Turns Instagram Into A Game

    InstaMatch Turns Instagram Into A Game

    Tiny Hearts, the Toronto-based studio behind Pocket Zoo, a top 50 iOS app (and one of my kid’s personal favorites), has just released a new title that turns Instagram into a game. The new app is called InstaMatch, and it’s a modernized take on the classic memory matching game. In InstaMatch, instead of using images of duplicate items, the photos users match up come from Instagram. Read More

  • Instagram Just Gave You One Less Reason To Use Camera+

    Instagram Just Gave You One Less Reason To Use Camera+

    Photosharing app Instagram went through a subtle redesign this afternoon. In addition to the brand new “Sierra” filter, Notifications improvements and a UI/UX refresh where the feed, popular, share and news buttons have all been divorced of their copy and are now just streamlined symbols, the company has added the “Lux” feature. Lux, denoted by an eclipse symbol in… Read More

  • Instagram Founder’s Girlfriend Learns How To Code For V-Day, Builds Lovestagram

    Instagram Founder’s Girlfriend Learns How To Code For V-Day, Builds Lovestagram

    This might just be the sweetest Valentine’s Day story I’ve ever heard. It’s definitely the sweetest Valentine’s Day story I’ve ever written. Kaitlyn Trigger is a marketing director at Rally.org. She also happens to be Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger’s girlfriend of two and a half years (The 26 year old Krieger and 27 year old Trigger met at a… Read More

  • I’d Rather Watch Instagram Than A Movie

    I’d Rather Watch Instagram Than A Movie

    Last week a friend of mine asked me at brunch, innocently enough, “What’s Instagram, and why do you use it?” I meekly offered the answer, “It’s a way to share photos via the iPhone,” and then, feeling like I hadn’t done it enough justice, went on the defensive and was like, “Oh but it’s really simple and that’s what makes it emotional. Read More

  • You Can Now Post Full Size Instagram Pics To Facebook (And Timeline)

    You Can Now Post Full Size Instagram Pics To Facebook (And Timeline)

    You know what’s cool? When you subconsciously want something and a startup responds to your (unvoiced) requests. Well, mobile photosharing app Instagram has just made a very small tweak that has the potential for huge growth: You can now send your Instagram photos full size to Facebook, and they automatically display “beautifully” in your Facebook Timeline. Photos shared… Read More

  • Announcing The 2011 Crunchies Finalists And Tickets On Sale Now

    Announcing The 2011 Crunchies Finalists And Tickets On Sale Now

    The nominations have been tabulated and the votes are in. Over 300,000 nominations were calculated across 20 categories. Along with our partners GigaOm and VentureBeat, we are very proud to announce the finalists for 2011′s best in technology. Voting begins now. For 2011, we’ve added some new categories. Best Location App, Best Cloud Services and Biggest Social Impact join the… Read More

  • Apple Picks Instagram As The “iPhone App Of The Year”

    Apple Picks Instagram As The “iPhone App Of The Year”

    Apple released its iTunes Rewind 2011 and App Store Rewind 2011 today, the company’s annual lists detailing of the top selling apps, music, TV shows, movies and podcasts for the year. This year, the biggest winner on the apps front was Angry Birds, which ran away with the number one spot on the iPhone and iPad in all categories except top free iPhone app, which was awarded to… Read More

  • The 4S And Thanksgiving Help Instagram Add Two Million Users In A Month

    The 4S And Thanksgiving Help Instagram Add Two Million Users In A Month

    Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger is on stage right now, talking about innovative mobile design  at the Warm Gun conference in San Francisco. If anybody has some thing to say about mobile design it’s the founders of the popular photosharing startup which has had a great year, adding twelve million users in twelve months according to Krieger, and another two million in November (when… Read More

  • Blow Up Instagram Photos Into 20″ x 20″ Paintings With CanvasPop

    Blow Up Instagram Photos Into 20″ x 20″ Paintings With CanvasPop

    Over 10 million people have created artful iPhonography with Instagram, but they’ve never seen their masterpieces any bigger than a Postagram postcard. But now, thanks to a peculiar synergy between the mediums and a secret algorithm, CanvasPop has found a way to blow up Instagrams and print them as beautiful canvas paintings. See, Instagram’s filters reduce grainyness and so does… Read More

  • Want The Chance To Work At Instagram? Solve This Photo Shredder Puzzle

    Want The Chance To Work At Instagram? Solve This Photo Shredder Puzzle

    Coding puzzles have been part of the Silicon Valley hiring process and lore since the days when Fizzbuzz was just a gleam in some HR recruiter’s eye. Blue chip companies like Microsoft, Google and Amazon all use questions like, “Write a function that takes a string consisting of numeral characters and returns all possible alpha character strings of same length as input that… Read More

  • Backstage With Kevin Systrom

    Instagram’s Kevin Systrom On International Expansion, Instagram Video, Funding Rumors And More

    With over 100K weekly downloads coming in just from China, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom had a lot to say during his TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing talk, tackling head-on the issue of how to approach social in China’s unique market as well as what exactly to do about the multitudes of clones. Read More

  • With Version 2.0 On Fire, Instagram Zooms Past 10 Million Users

    With Version 2.0 On Fire, Instagram Zooms Past 10 Million Users

    Six days ago, Instagram pushed version 2.0 live in the App Store. A big time upgrade with a focus on the camera, co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom expected signups to pick up some significant steam. But it was more like they caught fire. Over the weekend, Instagram was seeing a signup rate of over one new user a second — roughly 75 per minute, Systrom says. This pushed them past the… Read More

  • With Version 2.0, Instagram Focuses On Re-engineering The Camera

    With Version 2.0, Instagram Focuses On Re-engineering The Camera

    It was exactly one year ago today that I wrote up my initial lengthy preview of Instagram. I had a feeling that when it launched, it was going to be big. I underestimated it. Fast forward to today. Instagram is just about to hit 10 million users. They are the nimble upstart that has become the gold standard in the mobile social photo space . Everyone is gunning for them. And so… Read More

  • Backstage With Shaker After Their Disrupt Victory

    Six Must-Watch Backstage Videos From Disrupt Plus The Music (TCTV)

    It’s been a very busy week at TechCrunch with our Disrupt conference and other internal disruptions, so you may have missed some great and revealing interviews. Devin Coldewey wrote a post with the Six Must-Watch On-Stage Videos from Disrupt. But there was a lot of activity going on backstage too. We did more than 60 interviews with entrepreneurs, VC’s, Angels, CEO’s, and… Read More

  • Kevin Systrom on Instagram's Expansion Strategy

    How Instagram Has Stayed Nimble As They Approach 10 Million Users

    Earlier today at TechCrunch Disrupt, Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom was on a panel with Eric Ries and Scott Cook talking about Ries’ “Lean Startup” concept. In many ways, Instagram can now be viewed as perhaps the poster child of running lean — they have just six employees and they’re just shy of 10 million users. But it’s about more than just… Read More

  • Dear All Photo Apps: Mobli Just Won Filters

    Dear All Photo Apps: Mobli Just Won Filters

    In my previous post about Mobli, I claimed it would be the break-out photo sharing app of the year. I went to say that like Instagram, it has something special in between the pixels. I backed that up with a starting figure — users were spending an average of 33 minutes on the site. (The latest stat the company shared with me is that on average, there are 3.4 pictures added per user… Read More

  • Instagram Adds 50 Million Photos In August, Now Over 200 Million Total

    Instagram Adds 50 Million Photos In August, Now Over 200 Million Total

    Instagram is growing like crazy. In June, we noted when the service hit the 5 million user milestone, with 95 million photos uploaded. At the beginning of August, Instagram hit 150 million photos. And now the service has surpassed yet another milestone: 200 million photos. Given that our last measurement was at the beginning of August, and the site is now well beyond 200M, that means… Read More