Does Instagram own your photos? – CityNews & 680News

I appeared on CityNews at 6 and 680News to talk about Instagram’s change in terms of service and privacy policy with reporters Saphia Khambalia and Momin Qureshi.


Instagram published the following update blog post and revised terms of service, in response to the public’s reaction:

Earlier this week, we introduced a set of updates to our privacy policy and terms of service to help our users better understand our service. In the days since, it became clear that we failed to fulfill what I consider one of our most important responsibilities – to communicate our intentions clearly. I am sorry for that, and I am focused on making it right.

The concerns we heard about from you the most focused on advertising, and what our changes might mean for you and your photos. There was confusion and real concern about what our possible advertising products could look like and how they would work.

Because of the feedback we have heard from you, we are reverting this advertising section to the original version that has been in effect since we launched the service in October 2010.

You can see the updated terms here.

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.

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.

Finally, there was also confusion about how widely shared and distributed your photos are through our service. The distribution of your content and photos is governed by our privacy policy, and always has been. We have made a small change to our terms to make that as clear as possible.

You can view the current terms and privacy policy, as well as review the updated terms and privacy policy that will take effect on January 19, 2013.

I’m proud that Instagram has a community that feels so strongly about a product we all love. I’m even more proud that you feel empowered to be vocal and approach us with constructive feedback to help us build a better product. Thank you for your feedback, and I look forward to all that Instagram has to bring in the New Year.

Thank you,

Kevin Systrom co-founder, Instagram

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Your chance to win $25,000 from Rogers 1

Rogers was the first to introduce a full Windows 8 mobile experience, and now they want to give you the chance to experience another first of your own!

To enter for your chance, simply log onto Rogers’ Facebook page, launch the app, and share your wildest (and boldest) dreams in 200 words or less.

I have the pleasure alongside four other judges (Dan Bader, Maria Shapiro, Michael Caswell, and Derek Malcolm) to select 30 finalists of all entries to move onto the next round – public voting.

Between Dec. 3 and Dec. 12, 2012, you – the public – will be able to read and vote for who you think deserves to win the grand prize.  You may vote for a story once per day.

You will have a shot at winning one of the following prizes:

– One grand prize of $25,000 to make your dreams come true

– One of ten Windows 8 devices, valued at approximately $1,000 each

The deadline to submit an essay ends Nov. 21, 2012, and the voting period closes on Dec. 12, 2012.

Enter here, and good luck!


Submission Phase to enter and submit an essay ends November 21, 2012 and the Voting Phase starts December 3 and ends December 12, 2012. Open to residents of Canada having reached the age of majority but excluding residents of Quebec. Prizes: one Grand Prize of $25,000 in cash; ten Windows 8 devices valued at approx. $1,000 each. Odds of winning depend on the quality of essays and on the number of votes received. Correct answer to mathematical skill-testing question required to be a winner. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Full contest rules and details here.

Canadian textual phone habits revealed 2

Virgin Mobile Canada finds that as the weather gets cooler, Canadians are turning up the heat – shockingly sending steamy messages at work, church, and even family reunions.

“The facts are in.  Whether it’s sultry or sweet, daters love to have good text in their life,” said Andrew Bridge, managing director at Virgin Mobile Canada.

Courtesy Virgin Mobile Canada

In a survey conducted by Leger Marketing for Virgin Mobile, Canadians feel very strongly for having proper texting etiquette – an increasingly important aspect in relationships and dating.

According to the survey, one in four Canadians say that adding someone on Facebook is usually how they make the first move with a love-interest.

62 per cent of young Canadians report engaging with a prospective lover through text, and 40 per cent believe texting has enhanced their love life.

The survey says the number one place for sending steamy messages is in the office.  30 to 34 year olds are most likely to send “sexy textys” while on the clock.

Canadians surveyed most commonly said that texting made them braver and flirtier.

The survey below gives you a crash course on what matters most to Canadians:

–       Your English teacher was right – grammar does matter!  The number one texting turnoff was bad spelling or grammar when texting with potential dates so watch your spelling carefully.

–       Young Canadians want a side of personality with that text.  Don’t be afraid to let the true you shine in those messages, because texts lacking personality ranked as one of the top texting turnoffs.

–       Slow to respond?  You give flaccid text.  Half of women surveyed shared that a slow response time will get you nowhere because an immediate response to a text screams, “very interested.”  Men, just because the clocks fall behind this season, doesn’t mean you can.  Throw out the “three day rule” playbook and text your lady back already!

–       Poke! Poke! has officially replaced the Ring! Ring!  23 per cent of Canadians who are dating like to use Facebook to make the first move, while only 19 per cent would consider calling a potential suitor.  Time to update that Facebook profile!

When it comes to specific texting trends per province, this is what the survey said:

–       Atlantic Canada deserves a big thumbs award.  More than three quarters (78 per cent) of Maritimers using text messaging to keep in touch with a love interest or significant other.

–       Quebecers are the most patient.  23 per cent thought that waiting a week to respond to a text was playing hard to get.

–       To Ontarians, texting is the new wingman!  Half of Ontarians surveyed say that texting makes their love life better.

–       Manitoba and Saskatchewan residents are too sexy to be shy.  When it comes to sending sexy messages, 42 per cent of them admit to this steamy behavior.

–       B.C., the brave.  British Columbia is home to some of the most fearless Canadians, and we’re not just talking on the slopes.  More than half of west coasters surveyed say they are braver via text.

–       Don’t expect an Albertan to kiss and tell.  When asked how exciting their text life is compared to their sex life – one-fifth didn’t know or preferred not to say.

“More than a third of Canadians first ask someone out via text and one-quarter of Canadians do it via Facebook.  And, almost half of Canadians will send a text to their crush after a first date,” Bridge said.  “Daters are just more comfortable making those first few moves with the right steamy text.”

For a full view of the infographic on Canadian textual phone habits, click here.

**The survey was completed online from August 30th to September 7th, 2012 using Leger Marketing’s online panel, LegerWeb, with a sample of 1045 Canadians aged 18 to 34 who own a mobile phone.  A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of ±3.0 per cent, 19 times out of 20. ** 

Teens Gone Wired: Are you ready? – What I’m Currently Reading

In a world where kids are constantly connected to the smartphones and always posting on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, Lyndsay Green’s Teens Gone Wired: Are you ready? (Thomas Allen) is an ideal guide for parents feeling intimidated by the virtual world their teens are immersed in every day.

Teens Gone Wired takes a look at the challenges parents face with their teens constantly wired to the Internet, and includes indispensable advice from dozens of parents who have gone through the experience, along with many helpful  support resources to refer to if you need help.  The book addresses common arguments faced by families including: what’s fun vs. an unhealthy obsession; what and what not to share online; real friends vs. virtual friends; and maintaining privacy/anonymity.

Teens Gone Wired is a great refresher for anyone – even for people who aren’t parents like me – and allows you to brush up on your Internet “street smart” skills.

For parents with teens specifically, if you feel like you’re losing control over your kids and what they’re doing online, this will let you gain some understanding and knowledge, so you can be on the same page as your kids.  At the very least, you will know for which red flags to look out for, and ensure your kids are surfing the web safely.

What are you reading this Friday? Tell us in the comments what books are currently residing on your bedside table!

Motorola MOTOLUXE Giveaway

With the summer season just around the corner, what better way to stay in touch with your closest friends than with a brand spanking new Android smartphone!

Our good friends over at Virgin Mobile Canada (http://virginmobile.ca), are once again teaming up with Winston Sih Media to surprise one of you lucky readers with a hot-off-the-shelf Motorola MOTOLUXE.

Designed with a new dynamic interface, the Motorola MOTOLUXE is – once again – now available from Virgin Mobile.  So, whether you’re taking a picture of you and your sweetheart for Instagram, or video chatting with your steamy crush, the MOTOLUXE is packed with a stunning 8MP camera, front-facing webcam, and 4″ HD touchscreen, so you never miss the action!

On the Virgin Mobile SuperTab, you get no-term contracts, award winning customer service, and the best phones on a fast 4G network!  Think that’s enough, we’re not done just yet.

Customers are treated like VIPs in their Members Lounge. Members get access to exclusive events, sweet deals from the hottest brands, and all-around VIP treatment on music, entertainment, travel, fashion and beauty.  Brands include H&M, The Body Shop, and access to concerts, travel, wheels, and more.  Try finding that with your current cell-phone carrier!

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to offer this great giveaway to my loyal viewers, readers, Twitter/Facebook followers, and Virgin Mobile Super Fans!

Your chance to win the Motorola MOTOLUXE is as easy as 1-2-3.  Here’s how you can enter the giveaway:

1. Give my Twitter a Follow – @WinstonSih.

2. “Like” our Facebook page – Facebook.com/WinstonSihFans, or click here.

3. Post the following on your Twitter and/or Facebook feed(s).  You may enter ONCE on your Twitter, and ONCE on your Facebook.  Duplicates will not be recorded.

Click HERE to automatically Tweet, or copy-and-paste the message below to your respective Twitter/Facebook feed(s).

“Want your chance to win a Motorola MOTOLUXE from @WinstonSih & Virgin Mobile Canada? Enter: http://bit.ly/LoemkN”

The deadline to enter is Friday, June 29th, at 11:59PM EST.  The WINNER will be selected and contacted on Monday, July 2nd, 2012.*

*Click HERE for the Official Rules and Regulations of this contest.