FTC Approves Facebook's Instagram Acquisition
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has completed its review of Facebook's proposed acquisition of Instagram and will allow the deal to move forward. Facebook announced plans to buy Instagram for $1 billion in April in a deal that includes $300 million in cash and additional stock purchases. According to Facebook, it will continue to allow Instagram to operate as an independent mobile application. It believes the acquisition will improve its photo product offerings and increase photo sharing amongst users of Facebook.
Instagram for Windows Grabs Huge Update
Facebook today announced three new apps for the Windows 10 platform, including a proper Instagram app for phones, and dedicated Facebook and Messenger apps for desktops. The Instagram app for Windows 10 Mobile includes features that have long been available only to the Android and iOS apps, including Instagram Direct, videos, the Explore tab, and more.
Sharing Photos to Instagram from the iPhone Just Got Easier
Instagram has updated its iOS application with an important new feature that will improve the picture-sharing experience. Instagram version 8.2 enables share extensions, which make it possible to share photos to Instagram from within other apps.
Instagram Overhauls Mobile and Desktop Web Sites
Instagram has redesigned its mobile and desktop web sites, placing a greater emphasis on the photos. Images are now much larger on the site, which will display users' image feed when they sign in with their account.
Instagram Hopes You'll Soon Be Buying High-End Goods from Influencers
Instagram is prepared to turn its photo-sharing social network into a link-filled shopping destination. The service is going to let brands put clickable links in their imagery.
Instagram to Begin Curating Photo Feeds
Instagram is taking a page from parent Facebook and plans to re-order users' feeds to "show the moments we believe you will care about the most." Instagram claims users miss about 70% of the photos in their feeds. By re-ordering feeds, Instagram believes it will help surface the photos users are interested in but often miss.