Instagram reverts back to original Terms of Service

In a blog from Kevin Systrom (co-founder) Instagram is going to keep using the same Terms of Service since they launched in 2010.

Going forward, rather than obtain permission from you to introduce possible advertising products we have not yet developed, we are going to take the time to complete our plans, and then come back to our users and explain how we would like for our advertising business to work.

The internet was in uproar this week after the announcement of the new TOS.  From concerns on how the photos would be used, if your kids pics could be sold, among other issues.  The blog also goes on saying..

You also had deep concerns about whether under our new terms, Instagram had any plans to sell your content. I want to be really clear: Instagram has no intention of selling your photos, and we never did. We don’t own your photos – you do.

This is the subject that caused the biggest uproar and got a few high-profile users like National Geographic to suspended their accounts in light of the new changes.  Apparently we were misinformed of their intentions.  The following is copied directly from the TOS that caused such an uproar.

You agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

So Instagram has listened, however they still need to make money. Since they offer a free app they have to create revenue somewhere.  I guess in the coming months we will see what their idea is.



Star Trek: Captain Worf TV Series

Remember when he got that pimple?

Remember when he got that pimple?

It has been confirmed that Michael Dorn is working on a Worf TV series.  ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!  Don’t get me wrong I love the direction that J.J. Abrams has taken with the franchise but I don’t think I could get enough of Worf.  A visit back to the TNG (The Next Generation) era of Star Trek would be fabulous.  This is a quote from Michael Dorn’s exclusive “scoop” during an interview with Trek News..

I had come up with the idea because I love [Worf] and I think he’s a character that hasn’t been fully developed and hasn’t been fully realized. Once I started thinking about it, it became obvious to me that I wanted to at least put it out there, which I have, and the response has been pretty amazing. We’ve been contacted by different individuals–I can’t say who and all that–about wanting to come on board and be part of this. ”

As to the direction of the show, that is still unknown.  At the end of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine finale “What You Leave Behind”  he was made the Federation Ambassador to Qo’noS (the Klingon home world).  Star Trek: Nemesis (which falls after DS:9) left no clues, his reason aboard the ship was to hitch a ride to Riker and Troi’ second wedding ceremony on Betaze.  However I should note that he was wearing a  standard Starfleet uniform, with the rank of Lt. Commander (according to the Pips on his uniform) and not the attire of an ambassador.

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$44 Dollar of PBR?

pbr1844-1Yep, you read that right.  $44 dollars for PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon).  PBR is known in America as one of the cheapest beers on the market coming in at about $4-6 dollars a 6-pack depending on your location.  But in China it’s a whole different story.

Now before you can concoct some get rich scheme that involves shipping mass amounts of PBR to China, let me give you the details.  PBR 1844 is made from German caramel malts and is aged in uncharred American whiskey barrels and as you can see by the pic included it comes in a much fancier bottle.  The ale was created to compete with higher end wines and brandies. Before you get your hopes up on a $44 dollar bottle PBR, I also must let you know this is sold exclusively in China. It also carries a score of 80 on the Beeradvocate web site


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