12:40 PM, October 24th, 2013


Users of Instagram, which has no explicit policy prohibiting the sale of firearms, can easily find a chrome-plated antique Colt, a custom MK12-inspired AR-15 tricked-out with “all best of the best parts possible,” and an HK416D .22LR rifle by simply combining terms like #rifle or #ar15 with #forsale. These are handguns, shotguns, assault rifles, and everything in between being sold in an open, pseudo-anonymous online marketplace. With no federal law banning online sales and differing, loophole-ridden state laws, many gun control advocates are concerned about the public safety consequences of this unregulated market.”

“While the laws around online gun sales are complicated, Instagram users trying to sell their guns really aren’t doing anything illegal.”

Instagram Loopholes | Daily Beast

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4:51 PM, September 11th, 2013

We gave photographer Alice Proujansky the password to our Instagram account and she’s walking around New York City looking for reminders of 9/11. 

See photos here

Or on our Instagram page. 

1:43 PM, August 13th, 2013

Here they are you guys: the Internet’s 11 best dressed dogs!

6:08 PM, August 2nd, 2013
Instagram is a world built for cats, but some are better than the rest. From Princess Monster Truck to Colonel Meow, see The Daily Beast’s 9 hottest power cats of Instagram!
Photo by @iamlilbub

Instagram is a world built for cats, but some are better than the rest. From Princess Monster Truck to Colonel Meow, see The Daily Beast’s 9 hottest power cats of Instagram!

Photo by @iamlilbub

2:33 PM, July 2nd, 2013


A young protester drags a metal curtain to be used as a barricade as soldiers defending the Presidential Palace look by. [Photo: Yusuf Sayman, via The Daily Beast’s Instagram]


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5:06 PM, December 18th, 2012
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12:40 PM, November 13th, 2012


Dronestagram: The Drone’s Eye View

via futurejournalismproject:

At the FJP, we’re always fascinated by projects that colonize the new booming platforms and go totally native; adapting the story to survive in a new environment. 

Dronestagram posts a satellite view to Instagram showing the location of drone strikes before the attack. By focusing on getting the drone story working well on Instagram, the story automatically gets to mobiles, Facebook, twitter and tumblr easily and elegantly.

The inventor and publisher, James Bridle, writes he’s “making these locations just a little bit more visible, a little closer. A little more real.”

James Bridle’s CV extends way beyond journalism; as well as his column for the UK-based Observer newspaper, he’s presented at TED and SXSW, and his Iraq War Historiography, a twelve volume encyclopedia of changes to politically contentious wikipedia pages about the second gulf war, has been exhibited in galleries in the US, Europe and Asia.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism provides Bridle with details of the strikes across Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. He then researches across “original media reports, wikipedia, local government and media sites” to get the best location and satellite view.

This isn’t the first time creative technologists have tried to tell the drone story in creative ways on digital platforms; back in August we posted about Apple rejecting an iPhone application that showed an alert each time a drone strike was reported. But this one has actually reached the public, and is already growing its audience.

There’s more on the project The Verge, and you can follow Dronestagram on twitter, tumblr or Instagram, of course.

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10:33 AM, June 30th, 2012

Pinterest, Instagram Knocked Out, Daily Beast Experiences Delays.

A Washington, D.C.-area storm that left more than a million people without electricity on Saturday also kept customers from documenting their powerless woes in sepia tones. According to Forbes, the severe thunderstorms that whipped around the nation’s capital tearing out power lines also took down a major Amazon cloud computing location in North Virginia. The popular photo-sharing service Instagram temporarily went down, as did Pinterest and Netflix. The Daily Beast also experienced difficulties on Saturday morning due to damage caused by the storm, and was working to restore updates to its homepage as of 10am.

Photo: Mandel Ngan, AFP / Getty Images
1:35 PM, June 14th, 2012


What the Heck Is Homeland Security Doing With $180 Million in Drones Mostly Sitting Around?

A few years ago, the Border Patrol started buying unarmed Predator drones. By the end of 2011, they had 10 of these $18 million machines, and very little idea of what exactly they wanted to do with them.

That’s my takeaway from a new report released by the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security. The drones only flew 37 percent as often as they were supposed to, logging 3,909 hours in the air in a 12-month period that should have seen them in the air for more than 10,000 hours.

One big problem, according to the report, is that there weren’t enough ground stations and support. This is like signing an expensive free-agent running back but forgetting you need offensive linemen. Drones are sexy! The ground control stations that run the drones, not so much.

Read more.

Hopefully taking sweet Instagram pics

Reblogged from The Atlantic
10:13 AM, April 18th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, Apr 18th

  1. Burma’s Suu Kyi to Go Abroad: Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi plans to visit Norway and the U.K. this summer, her first trip out of the country in 24 years. She spent almost 20 years under house arrest in Burma, and refused to leave the country lest the military government refuse to let her back in. 
  2. Zuckerberg Made Instagram Deal: Facebook’s purchase of Instagram for $1 billion took everyone by surprise—including Facebook’s board. Mark Zuckerberg told his board the day before the deal was publicly announced that they were buying the photo-sharing app. He’d worked out the deal himself, in three days of negotiations with Instagram founder Kevin Systrom in Zuckerberg’s home. 
  3. U.S. Soldiers Posed with Taliban Bodies: A soldier from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne division has released photographs showing soldiers posing with the remains of Afghan suicide bombers. He told the Los Angeles Times he released the photos in order to bring attention to a breakdown in leadership and discipline. The photos show soldiers holding limbs and smiling after being sent to recover the remains of a suicide bomber. 
  4. Obama, Romney in Dead HeatA new CBS News/New York Times poll released Wednesday has President Obama and Mitt Romney in a dead heat, with each receiving 46 percent of registered voters. 
  5. GOP Chooses Kelly for Giffords’s SeatRepublicans chose Jesse Kelly to go against Gabrielle Giffords’s former aide Ron Barber in what will likely be a closely contested special election for the congresswoman’s vacated seat. Kelly, an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party favorite, lost to Giffords by only 4,000 votes in 2010.

Photo: Photographer Jon Lowenstein, who recently received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, has spent a decade documenting the neighborhoods and the lives of the people living on the South Side. On assignment for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, he photographed the neighborhoods of Englewood and Little Village, among others, to look at the rise in violence and the impact it is having on the people there. View more photos. (Jon Lowenstein / NOOR for the Daily Beast)

11:46 AM, April 10th, 2012
One billion dollars might seem like a high price to pay for a company with 13 employees and not much, if anything, in the way of revenues. But that’s what Facebook will pay to acquire Instagram, maker of a popular photo-sharing app for mobile phones. And though at first glance the deal might seem nutty, it may turn out to be a brilliant strategic maneuver—and a bargain to boot.
Dan Lyons likes Facebook’s billion dollar bet on Instagram for one big reason: mobile
1:06 PM, April 9th, 2012

I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.

For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.

7:23 PM, April 6th, 2012
The conflict is rooted in a belief that Apple customers have higher income and better taste, and that Android users are hoi polloi who are so vulgar or stupid that they can’t see why Apple products are better.
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