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Toronto Gallery Buys the Entire Collection of Vivian Maier Negatives Owned by Jeffrey Goldstein

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Amidst a messy legal battle over copyrights to Vivian Maier’s now famous work, a gallery in Toronto has acquired the entire collection of negatives owned by Jeffrey Goldstein.
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Judge: Police Can Use Fake Instagram Accounts to Try to See Your Private Photos

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A federal judge has decided that it’s okay for police officers to befriend Instagram users with fake accounts in order to gain access to photos shared through the service.
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There’s a Nikon 2000mm f/11 on eBay, Complete with a Lens Cap and Carrying Case

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If you’ve been dying to get your own copy of the super rare Nikon Reflex-Nikkor 2000mm f/11 mirror lens, here’s a prime opportunity to snag one: a copy of the lens has appeared on eBay, complete with a leather “lens cap” and a nice aluminum case for transporting the beast. The buy it now price is a cool $32,777.
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Google+ Can Now Apply Its Auto Enhance Magic to Your Home Videos

Back in May 2013, Google+ began offering auto enhancement to improve the quality of users’ photos. Now the magic has arrived for video as well.

Open a video through the Google+ website or through the Photos app on Android and you’ll see a new “Auto Enhance” feature that can automatically help correct lighting, color, stability, and speech.
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Photo Sharing is Big, Big Business: Instagram is Now Reportedly Worth $35 Billion

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When Facebook agreed to acquire Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock back in April 2012, the world balked at the price. Instagram was only a 17-month-old company at the time that had just launched on Android, and there was no income on the horizon.

Well, fast forward two years, and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks like a genius for making the deal: Instagram is estimated to be worth $35 billion now.
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Columnist: Prince Harry Photographing Africans with Fujifilm X100 is ‘Arrogant’ and ‘Colonial’

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Guardian columnist Jonathan Jones is a master of sparking controversy in the world of photography. As you might remember, he’s the guy who keeps arguing that photography is not art… a year after calling it “the art of our time.”

His latest target is the above photograph showing Prince Harry shooting with a Fujifilm X100 during a trip to Lesotho in Africa. Jones argues that it’s “as arrogant as any colonial portrait.”
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Hacker Creates Custom Firmware for the Samsung NX300 That Can Auto-Encrypt Photos

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Want a camera that can automatically encrypt photos after taking them? A hacker named Doug did. After having this idea for years without seeing camera companies offer it, he decided to take matters into his own hands and make it happen himself.

What resulted is a new custom firmware for the Samsung NX300 that adds photo encryption to the camera.
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Photo of Woman Glued to Her Phone Wins the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

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This photograph of a woman glued to her smartphone has been selected as the Grand Prize winner of the 2014 National Geographic Photography Contest. It was captured by photographer Brian Yen of Hong Kong.
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Fan Gets Karate Kicked by Guitarist While Snapping an On-Stage Selfie

Here’s a strange incident that’s causing a stir online and in music communities: at a recent concert by the metal band Every Time I Die, a fan named Micah Barnes decided to climb onto the stage to try and snag a selfie with the lead singer. Guitarist Jordan Buckley would have none of it, and decided to put an end to the photo shoot with a swift kick that sent the smartphone flying into the air.
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The Great Instagram Purge Vaporizes Millions of Spammy ‘User’ Accounts

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After announcing that it had passed 300 million active users earlier this month, Instagram warned that it would be cracking down on spam accounts and that users may see their follower counts drop as a result. It has come to pass.

If your follower counts just dropped noticeably, you’re seeing the effects of the Great Instagram Purge, which has wiped out millions upon millions of accounts.
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