• Changes to Instagram will allow the photo sharing service to place users’ photos in advertisements without notifying them. By using the site, social networkers are agreeing to the new privacy policy and terms of service which will take effect on Jan. 16, 2013. Users’ photos could also appear on other sites including Facebook, which owns Instagram. According to the Huffington Post, ads may not be clearly marked, and the site is not to be used for back-up or photo storage. More here.

• Hit songwriter Tim James has penned a heartfelt song in response to the Connecticut school shootings. See his worktape video here. James’ hits include Toby Keith’s “My List,” Trace Adkins’ “All I Ask For Anymore” and Lee Brice’s “Love Like Crazy.”

• Last night, The Voice also opened with a special memorial performance. The show’s season finale is tonight (Dec. 18).

• Video advertisements are coming to the Facebook news feed next year. Ad Age reports the videos will automatically play. Facebook allows marketers to target very specific demographics. Keep reading.

• Rock news from The Nashville Scene includes members of Alabama Shakes being robbed at gunpoint in East Nashville, and Nashville transplant Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit playing The Late Show with David Letterman.


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