Your Instagram Selfies Are Being Scraped and Sold to Brands

Kevin Montgomery · 10/10/14 12:45PM

It was bad enough that companies like Facebook and Google relentlessly mine your information and sell it to advertisers. But now third-party startups are getting into the mix. Thanks to unprecedented access to photos uploaded to apps like Instagram, these third-parties are scanning and storing people's photos on behalf of major advertisers.

Nitasha Tiku · 12/20/13 03:25PM

Rich Kids of Instagram is being turned into a novel. Coming to an Urban Outfitters discount table near you next summer.

Nitasha Tiku · 12/03/13 01:38PM

That Darth Vader selfie is just the beginning of a partnership between Facebook and Disney "to promote Instagram without the disliked sponsored ads." Trust no one.

Instagram Video Just Exposed The Terrible Side of Twitter

Nitasha Tiku · 06/21/13 03:14PM

What's your poison, Valleywag asked a Silicon Valley startup founder last night, Instagram's new Cinema feature or Vine? "Instagram for sure," he shot back. "Easier network effect. Faster gratification. Polished product and more expressive. Twitter has always had this problem with every product."

Nitasha Tiku · 06/21/13 01:21PM

The ascendance of video over photo won't mean fewer gratuitous selfies. Now, they just come with a soundtrack. In the case of TechCrunch co-editor Alexia Tsotsis: some heart-breaking Daft Punk.