Facebook's about-face over Instagram (week in review)
Instagram user backlash leads to backpedaling, while Facebook goes after user bucks. Also: the Apple-Samsung patent spat continues.
It didn't take Facebook long to backtrack over controversial policy changes it intended to make regarding its photo-sharing app Instagram.
A public backlash was ignited by Instagram stating that had it the. Under the new policy, Facebook claimed the right to license all public Instagram photos to companies or any other organization, including for advertising purposes, which would effectively transform the Web site into the world's largest stock photo agency.
"Instagram is now the new iStockPhoto, except they won't have to pay you anything to use your images," one user quipped on Twitter.
Instagram soon, saying it would "remove" language from its legal terms that would have let it sell users' photos or use them in advertisements. In a blog post, Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said it's "our mistake that this language is confusing" and that the company is "working on updated language."
A day later, Instagram officially, with Systrom announcing that the terms will revert to the version in place since the service launched in 2010. Systrom also denied that the company ever intended to sell users' images.
"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," he said.
A key Apple patent used against Samsung in court is under close scrutiny by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The search giant is going to send the European Union's antitrust commission an offer next month.
The "small experiment" will let some people pay to have a message routed to the Inbox of someone they're not connected with, rather have it be banished to the Other folder.
Thanks to an erosion in Nokia's smartphone business, the company saw its 14-year reign end.
Google's official maps application for iOS pulled in more than 10 million downloads in its first 48 hours on the App Store, according to the company.
This season's online spending marks a 13 percent increase over that of last year, says ComScore. But that's still below expectations.
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