Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion.

The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding new filters and features in an update this week.

Instagram was acquired by Facebook back in April of 2012 for $1 billion. The acquisition came at a time when Instagram only had around 27 million users on iOS. However, the company saw over a million downloads n the first day of launching on Android, and Facebook put the pedal to the metal and closed the deal.

Instagram has since grown to have more active users than Twitter.

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Living with Ebola

The link below is to an article (with photos) that looks at what life is like living with Ebola in West Africa.

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Iraq Through the Lens

The link below is to an article that looks at the current situation in Iraq through the camera lens – well worth a look.

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Fascinating Photos of Mexican Faith Healers


Dear, oh dear – trust me when I say I haven’t posted this story because I think it’s good.

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

A curandero is a faith healer or native shaman who treats any number of maladies, including mental and spiritual “illnesses” that are more commonly handled by a clergyperson or psychiatrist in the United States. Photographer and documentary filmmaker Scott Dalton, whose work we first saw on Beautiful Decay, has captured the life of the curandero during healing sessions and pilgrimages across Mexico and Latin America. While some faith healers rely on herbs and natural cures, others use Catholic elements, such as idols, paintings, and holy water. Dalton’s visually striking photos reveal a beauty and vulnerability shared between the curandero and the people seeking healing and guidance.

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Australia: NSW – Bushfire Blog

The link below is to a link on the Guardian Australia website which contains a rolling Blog of the bushfire crisis in NSW.

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The link below is to a photo gallery of the bushfires in NSW.

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Syria: Satellite Imagery of the War

The link below is to an article with satellite imagery of the destruction in the war in Syria.

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Japan: Two Years On from Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami

The link below is to an article (with photos) that looks at Japan two years on from the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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