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The Great Instagram Freakout of 2012: New Terms of Service raise new privacy concerns

When Facebook agreed to purchase Instagram last April for about $740 million, users of either social networking web service had to know this day would come. On Monday, Instagram announced a new Terms of Service, scheduled to take effect on Jan. 16, that declares its right to use your uploaded photos in advertisements on the site, minus any compensation to you. Also, your personal information — as you must already realize — is not so personal, and Instagram has the right to share it with Facebook and third-party advertising partners.

Many users immediately voiced their displeasure with the new policies, and some are promising to abandon the free service. READ FULL STORY

Did His Holiness send out a tweet? Is the Pope Catholic?

Some people say Pope Benedict XVI is stuck in a previous century, but yesterday, the pontiff took one giant step forward for the Roman Catholic Church. He tweeted.

After joining the social networking site on Dec. 3, Pope Benedict — a.k.a. @pontifex (meaning bridge builder) — tweeted out his first message yesterday. But those hoping to hear the Pope’s instant thoughts on Homeland or SAG nominations were, of course, disappointed. The Pope instead went with, “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,” for his first message. Later tweets (he’s sent seven messages so far) asked his followers to think about how to be “more prayerful” and celebrate faith.

“Video footage showed that the Pope seemed confused and had trouble hitting ‘send,’ forcing Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, to step in and touch the screen to send the first papal message,” according to the New York Times.

Currently, the Pope has 1,065,501 followers (up from his first-day total of 148,402). Only 31,013,586 followers to go until he overtakes fellow Catholic Lady Gaga.

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'The Hobbit': Five things you should know about 48 frames per second

Unless you’ve been hiding out in a hobbit-hole or held captive by a cave troll, you’re undoubtedly aware that director Peter Jackson’s long-awaited return to Middle-earth, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is opening next week. And you’re probably also aware that Jackson shot the film in a new format, 48 frames per second, which has kicked up a fair bit of fuss among early reviewers, not all of it positive. But what does 48 frames per second even mean? Is it actually a better way to experience the film? Here are five things you should know before buying your ticket. READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake gives Myspace a fresh start

“Imagine what the room would be like if Andy Warhol, Liz Taylor, and Stanley Kubrick all got together,” Justin Timberlake said yesterday. “What was that conversation like? What type of collaboration did that breed? And how can we make that happen?” The answer, he hopes, is the new Myspace.

Thursday, a small group of journalists were invited to the sleek SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills to preview the beta version of Myspace. Chris and Tim Vanderhook, COO and CEO of Myspace, want to be very clear that the new site is not a relaunch. It’s something new. It’s something that we haven’t seen before. And yes, Justin “Sean Parker” Timberlake is a key figure. READ FULL STORY

Oh look, someone had this crazy idea of bringing Google Maps to the iPhone

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We all like Google Maps, right? And we all like iPhones, right? Well, cousin, I’ve got a big idea for you. And not just any big idea. I’m talking a daring, unlikely, transgressive, high-concept, four-quadrant, gamechanging, universe-denting Big Idea: What if someone put Google Maps… on the iPhone? Stop! Don’t run away! I know it sounds crazy. I know we all love the Apple Maps application, or “Mapple” as it’s called by no one. I know we all love how Apple Maps plots a route from our house to the local movie theater that takes us on a 20-mile detour through a shadowy one-lane mountain road located on the precipice of an active volcano that doesn’t exist. I know that the whole idea of using Google Maps on our iPhone seems like a beautiful fantasy from a better world — a world called Early September 2012. READ FULL STORY

New Google Doodle celebrates Halloween

Like Google wasn’t going to celebrate Halloween.

In what is quickly becoming one of my favorite parts of the search engine giant, Google has released yet another Google Doodle today on its homepage, this time celebrating the spooky season.

Instead of just a picture, this Doodle – like Star Trek and others before it – is clickable and interactive. For those not afraid of a little fright, click behind each of the five doors for a little trick or treat. Make sure you have your volume turned up to really get into the spirit.

Since this is now obviously recurring, what pop culture days in November would you like to see Google honor? I’m personally hoping for some history of Bond around Nov. 9.

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Apple announces new MacBook, new iMac, new iPad, and new iPad Mini, all of them so thin and so beautiful and so thin

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Two weeks ago, beloved universe-denting tech giant Apple sold its 100 millionth iPad. That might sound impressive. But we all know the sad truth. Around this miserable world, Apple consumers are using their iPads in 100 million different ways — reading books, surfing the internet, playing Angry Birds, playing Angry Birds Space, trying to find the one specific place in their apartment where the Wi-Fi won’t cut out while they use FaceTime, checking Twitter during the presidential debate so they can tweet about how annoying Twitter gets during the presidential debate. And they are all thinking the same thing: “Truly, this iPad is indeed a fine device. But why must it be so grotesquely obese? Would that Apple could create a beautiful new iPad! Would that I could replace this pot-bellied butterball of a tablet with something thin!”

Well, Apple CEO Tim Cook has a message for you. READ FULL STORY

iPhone, meet your match? Samsung announces Galaxy Music smartphone

It’s a communication contraption! It’s an mp3 player! No — it’s Samsung’s new smartphone, a mobile device designed specifically for music lovers. The Galaxy Music boasts a host of features sure to please audiophiles — dual stereo speakers, built-in FM radio, a state-of-the-art Sound Retrieval System meant to mimic 5.1 surround sound, and SoundAlive technology, which “intelligently makes automatic adjustments to sound quality by analyzing the source.” Sounds simultaneously Jetsons awesome and 2001: A Space Odyssey terrifying.

The Galaxy Music runs on the Android 4.0 operating system — adorably called Ice-Cream Sandwich — making it a great option for anyone who loves music but doesn’t want to be led to their death by Apple Maps. But even those who have sworn off physical Apple products will likely be using iTunes to populate their shiny new Samsung phones; it’s going to be tough for any other tech company to encroach on Apple’s musical monopoly.

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Please tell me the 'Angry Birds Stars Wars' game will include Slave Leia...

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Just when you thought you had conquered your Angry Birds addiction, the game is getting a Star Wars makeover.

Launching worldwide on Nov. 8, the new Angry Birds mobile game will adopt the stories and settings (including the deserts of Tatooine and the depths of the Death Star) of the legendary film.

“This is the best Angry Birds game we’ve ever done,” Peter Vesterbacka, CMO of Rovio Entertainment, which has partnered with LucasFilm for the project, said in a statement. “It’s the best parts of Angry Birds with all new cutting-edge gameplay set in in a galaxy far, far away. As a big Star Wars fan myself, I’m really excited about this new universe. The Force is definitely strong with this one.”

The game will be available on iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Mac, PC, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. Hasbro will launch an Angry Bird Star Wars line of merchandise ranging from Halloween costumes to collectible plush toys on Oct. 28.

We don’t know yet what scenes from the saga will be incorporated into the game, but we certainly hope the five moments below are included in some capacity.

1. The defining moment of the series: Darth Vader telling Luke Skywalker “Luke, I am your father” in Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back.

2. The gold bikini: Princess Leia being held captive in Jabba’s court, sporting the most iconic two-piece in movie-nerd history in Episode VI — Return of the Jedi.

3. The killer opening:  The opening crawl of “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” in Episode IV — A New Hope.

4. The ultimate race against the clock: Wedge, Biggs, and Porkins joining Luke to take on the Death Star in Episode IV — A New Hope.

5. Han Solo offing Greedo at the Cantina: Let the Who shot first? debate continue on a whole new platform.

What Star Wars worlds and iconic scenes are you hoping to rediscover in Angry Birds?

Watch the trailer below:

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Happy Birthday, Google. 14 reasons I love you

Happy birthday, Google!

You’re turning 14 today, which means that you’ve been a teenager for one year. But I’m loving that instead of search engine rebelling, you’re just creating more cool features, whether that be Bacon Numbers or Google Doodles.

Besides those new updates, I want to personally thank you for 14 things you’ve helped me out with over the years.

1.)    Last-minute research: Lord knows I got through college Sociology courses thanks to “Google Scholar.”

2.)    Sports knowledge: Ref lock out? What does that mean? Now even I know. READ FULL STORY

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