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North West Just Took Her First Steps, Is Now One Step Closer to World Domination

North West Walks With Me

Keeping up with North West just got a little more difficult. Kim Kardashian’s baby North took her first steps Wednesday getting out of a pool after swim lessons. The reality television star posted a photo to Instagram taken by her husband Kanye West with the caption:

Our baby girl finished one week of swimming lessons today then took her 1st steps right when she got out of the pool!!!! Mommy & Daddy are so proud of you!!!! Photo cred: Daddy

She’s walking her way right into E’s next reality television show.

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Beyoncé Just Posted the Ultimate Feminist Photo

She woke up like this

Well, obviously Beyoncé can do it. The 17-time Grammy winner posted a photo to Instagram Tuesday that mirrors the famous Rosie the Riveter poster, a cultural icon that recognizes the contributions made by women during World War II. Beyonce, a self-described “modern-day feminist,” incorporated ideas often symbolized by Rosie in her most recent album. The photo racked up more than 300,000 likes within half an hour.

Beyoncé is currently on the road with husband Jay Z for their joint “On the Run” tour.

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Prince George Hangs Out at the Natural History Museum With Will and Kate

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Prince George during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London, July 2, 2014, in a photo released on July 19 to mark Prince George's first birthday. John Stillwell—AFP/Getty Images

The young royal Prince George celebrates his first birthday Tuesday

The world’s most powerful baby celebrates his first birthday on Tuesday, and parents Will and Kate have decided to grace the world with new photos of their little Prince George. The apple-cheeked heir has had a busy first year, filled with public playdates, a magazine cover, his very own currency and a serious friendship with family dog Lupo.

The United Kingdom Press Association released a new photo of the Buckingham baby on Saturday, from an earlier visit to the “Sensational Butterflies” exhibition at the Natural History Museum with his parents. The Duchess of Cambridge Catherine is a patron of the museum. Two more photos of the royal family are expected to be released Monday.

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Jennifer Lawrence’s Class Clown Moments Caught on Film

Jennifer Lawrence was seen face-palming Emma Watson at the Christian Dior fashion show in Paris Monday, but this is only her most recent incident of goofing off in front of the camera

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Tinder’s New Photo Feature Is A Lot Like Snapchat

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The dating app added a "Moments" feature that allows users to share photos with matches that will disappear in 24 hours

Updated 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday

In a continued attempt to move away from its “just a hookup app” stereotype, Tinder added a new feature Thursday that turns it into more of a social sharing platform. “Moments” allows users to show their matches photos taken throughout the day that will disappear after 24 hours — longer than your average Tinder relationship.

“We’ve done a really good job of helping people form new relationships, so good in fact that we just reached 2 billion matches this week, but making the connection is just the start,” founder and CEO Sean Rad told TIME. “We wanted to give our users a better way to get to know their matches and communicate with them. And that’s what led to Moments.”

A user can click on a camera icon at the top of their “Matches” tab to take a photo that will be shared with all potential suitors and then get erased from existence in 24 hours. (But keep your pants on—literally—users can easily report and block inappropriate photo sharers).

While the “Moments feature certainly has some Snapchat-esque elements—people can draw, caption, and put filters on the ephemeral photos—it still stays true to the Tinder user experience.

“I think Tinder is different [from Snapchat],” Rad said. “Of course we’ve taken inspiration from other experiences out there, but the core user experience with moments is very Unique and familiar to our users in the way we present the content. The action of swiping is very unique to Tinder.”

Users have the ability to swipe through their potential suitors’ Moments, found on top of their “Matches” tab. A swipe right alerts the photo taker that you “Liked” their Moment, creating new opportunities for communication.

Rad said that Tinder decided to make the pictures self-destruct in a day to “take away that pressure of wanting to make it perfect and allow you to be more yourself.”

Tinder claims to produce 800 million swipes and 10 million matches a day. And the founders promise that it is adding more features that will expand on the dating functionality.

As Josh Stein, a partner at VC firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, told Bloomberg,”Tinder might end up competing with Snapchat or Facebook.”

This could be seen as the next step to making Tinder—which Rad says “is already about more than just dating”—a social platform.

“I think you could look at it as an evolution,” he said. “To us social means meeting new people and strengthening the bonds that you have with existing relationships. We’ve done the meeting people well, now it’s about giving unique and fun tools to people to connect with those matches.”

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See the First Photos From the Set of Star Wars: Episode VII

Leaked photos give a promising glimpse into the production of the new film

The first photos from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, currently filming in Abu Dhabi, have been leaked by TMZ — and they offer a tantalizing glimpse into what director J.J. Abrams has in store for fans. Production began earlier this month in Abu Dhabi in conjunction with filming at England’s Pinewood Studios.

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The leaked photos show a giant monster as well as a number of extras in bedouin-like garb in a desert environment that has not been confirmed to be the desert planet of Tatooine. None of the primary characters are shown in the photos, but it’s worth checking out anyway for our first look at Abrams’ galaxy far, far away.

[TMZ]

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This Satellite Photo Of Washington Mudslide Shows Full Extent of Damage

A DigitalGlobe close-up satellite imagery of the Osa, Washington mudslide area after the March 2014 tragedy. Imagery collected on March 31st, 2014.
A DigitalGlobe close-up satellite imagery of the Oso, Washington mudslide area after the March 2014 tragedy. Imagery collected on March 31st, 2014. DigitalGlobe/Getty Images

An image snapped from a DigitalGlobe satellite on March 31 shows the enormous damage caused by the March 22 mudslide in Snohomish County, where at least 27 bodies have been found and search teams are still looking for 22 people who remain missing

A satellite image taken Monday illustrates the full extent of damage caused by the March 22 mudslide in Snohomish County, Wash. Rescuers are still looking through the wreckage in search of victims. The death toll rose to 27 Tuesday, while the number of missing remained at 22.

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee urged President Barack Obama on Monday to make a “major disaster declaration” in Snohomish County, as financial losses mounted in the rescue operations. That would allow individuals and businesses to access federal relief programs, including disaster-related unemployment insurance and housing.

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VIDEO: The Story Behind the Iconic Iwo Jima Photograph

The photo depicts the raising of the American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima, which drew to a close 69 years ago this week

When AP photographer Joe Rosenthal watched marines hoisting the flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, he wasn’t sure he got the shot. It turned out to be one of the most famous photographs from WWII.

In the video above, Hal Buell, former photo editor of the Associated Press, narrates the history and significance of what Rosenthal captured in the image. The battle ended 69 years ago this week.

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Getty Has Just Made 35 Million Images Available for You to Use Free

Celebrity images, like this, are among the most pirated online. Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images

New embed and share functions are meant to stave off piracy, but some photographers are furious

Getty Images, the largest photo agency in the world, has made a huge amount of their pictures available for free, in order to combat piracy.

The now publicly accessible library of around 35 million images includes everything from celebrity shots, stock images and sports events to nature images, while omitting recent photojournalism, for which media outlets will still have to pay.

The move is meant to address widespread online photo theft, where people copy pictures without paying for them. While Getty’s new system doesn’t allow you to download pictures, it provides internet users with an easy way to share them. All available images have been equipped with symbols allowing you to share the photo over Tumbler, Twitter or embed them onto a website.

Like this:

Next to the buttons are a credit line and a large company logo, making the effort a great branding opportunity for the agency. The Atlantic also notes that Getty will profit by collecting valuable data from people using the service.

“You have to adapt to survive,” Rolling Stone photographer Kevin Mazur told BBC. “Evolving to embrace technology that encourages responsible image sharing is the way forward for the industry.”

However, not all photographers are happy about the development. Photography journalist Daniela Bowker tells BBC that her Twitter feed has exploded with professionals angry with seeing their work being handed out for free. “They say: ‘Exposure won’t feed my children’,” she says.

Or, as the photographer Paul Clarke expresses it on his blog: “Getty me out of here.”

[BBC]

TIME Military

Photo Of Soldiers Posing With Casket Provokes Outrage

A Wisconsin National Guard soldier is suspended after the photo is posted on Instagram

A photograph depicting a group of soldiers joking around an empty casket draped with the American flag has resulted in the suspension of a National Guard soldier who apparently posted the photograph on her Instagram feed.

The photograph, taken at a guard training facility in Arkansas, shows 14 soldiers around a casket, with one showing a peace sign, another giving another soldier bunny ears, and several soldiers hugging playfully. The caption to the Instagram photo says “We put the FUN in funeral — your fearless honor guard from various states.” It has since gone viral on social media, with many expressing outrage at the stunt.

It was posted from an account belonging to to Spc. Terry Harrison of the Madison, Wis.-based 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment, reports the Associated Press. Harrison has been suspended from Wisconsin’s Honor Guard and assigned to other duties. She has not publicly commented, but an Instagram account under the same name that posted the original photo now has a photo that says “I’m Sorry.”

[AP]

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