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How Instagram went from hipster favourite app to must-have by Pepsi, Playboy and Snoop Dogg

In ‘No filter’, Sarah Frier chronicles Instagram’s rise as a photo-sharing app that competed with Facebook and Snapchat & how it shaped influencer culture.
Former Bigg Boss contestant Vikas Phatak | Video screengrab

Ex-Bigg Boss contestant wants action against those insulting ‘his God’, Instagram removes post

Instagram user 'Hindustani Bhau', who is former 'Bigg Boss' contestant Vikas Phatak, causes a stir on social media. Several users demand action against him, call for his arrest.
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Instagram launches TikTok clone as Facebook defends its copycat strategies

The product, called Reels, lets people edit 15-second clips of videos together alongside music, just like on TikTok.
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Delhi High Court upholds Army ban on personnel accessing Facebook and Instagram

Court says if govt has concluded that permitting defence personnel to use some social media sites can give enemy countries an edge, it will not interfere.

Instagram takes down Madonna’s posts for spreading Covid conspiracy theories, misinformation

Throughout the pandemic, Madonna has been posting video 'diaries' about her life under lockdown and coronavirus. Some of them have triggering backlash for her 'insensitivity'.
Facebook Inc.'s Instagram application | Photo: Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg

Facebook didn’t want competition. So it just bought Instagram, documents show

Documents obtained by US House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust show Zuckerberg bought Instagram because he was concerned about its potential to turn users away from Facebook.
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Celebs buying fake social media followers? Mumbai Police summon Gaurav Kapur, Roshan Abbas

The issue came to light after singer Bhoomi Trivedi found a fake Instagram profile in her name. One man has been arrested. Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra Jonas could be summoned too.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra with daughter Miraya and mother Sonia Gandhi | Instagram

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra goes black and white on Instagram for women empowerment campaign

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared a photograph of her with her mother Sonia Gandhi & daughter Miraya as part of the #womensupportingwomen campaign.
Representational image for the Indian Army | Photo: ANI

Army units that make military videos public, even unknowingly, won’t get citations or awards

The Army’s decision comes in the light of earlier incidents when crucial operational information, even from forward bases, made its way to social media.
File image of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani | Photo: ANI

Mukesh Ambani’s online cult is growing. Everyone loves a desi, patriotic, sanskari billionaire

Mukesh Ambani is not just inking deals with FB and Google in 2020, he is also seeing a massive fan base grow on Instagram. From Antilia to khandaani pujas, fans can’t get enough.

On Camera

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Is it ‘shirk from home’? Jury’s still out as Europe begins working from home again

There is no evidence yet of mass remote work’s impact in the longer term on company productivity, but the current outlook is mixed at best.

Harley Davidson to discontinue sales and manufacturing operations in India

Harley’s decision comes weeks after Toyota Motor Corp. said it won’t expand further in India due to the country’s high tax regime.

Defence

File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian soldiers at LAC have go-ahead to open fire in self-defence, India tells China

With no signs of disengagement on the ground in Ladakh, where India and China have been locked in a stand-off since April, both sides will stay dug in during the region’s bitter winter too.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?