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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Sitting in line for a cup of coffee this morning I received an email that snagged my immediate attention. From: Instagram. Subject: Instagram Update.

    It was a subject line so vague that I had to know what was inside.

    It's been almost a month since the socialites on Facebook, Twitter, and beyond were up-in-arms about the report that Instagram decided it possessed the power to sell its users' photos. After reports of this, I saw post after post about Instagrammers proclaiming their departure from the photo sharing app. 

    A writer for Social Media Today wrote back in December that the real addition to the changes is the possibility for Instagram to use user content to create ads, much like Facebook's Sponsored Stories. Thibaut Davoult wrote, "Sure, Instagram can freely dispose of your photos and make money off them which will also benefit other brands. Sure, it's a move away from the beautiful, free and simple application that we grew so fond of. But it is a move in the direction of reality, too, a rather necessary one..."

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    Today's email was strategically sent out just hours before Facebook's announcement of "Graph Search." 

    It simply reminds users of the changes in their Terms of Service and Privacy Policies. They also share how they've taken into account the response they received when the updates were first announced.  Here are a couple iPhone screen grabs:

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     By the way, according to WebProNews.com, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Graph Search will contain Instagram data.

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