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Monday, March 21, 2005

Yahoo Buys Flickr

And that’s when rumors turn to reality: Yahoo actually bought the social image management web software Flickr (which is still in beta, but already highly popular). According to Flickr’s co-founder Caterina Fake:

“Flickr will be continuing on the path it’s on – to Flickr 1.0 and beyond. We’ll be working with a bunch of people that Totally Get Flickr and want to preserve the community and the flavor of what is here. We’re going to grow and change, but we’re in it for the long haul, with the same management and same team.”

Caterina also says in the future, you’ll be able to log in to Flickr using your Yahoo account. (You can still log in using your old account, though.)

So nothing will change, really? Well, for one thing, Flickr will get a needed boost in finances. They might be able to think bigger and implement quicker in the future. That, and new offices: at CNET, Yahoo’s Joanna Stevens is quoted to have said Flickr’s employees will relocate to Sunnyvale later this year.

In other news, the New York Times says IAC/InterActiveCorp by Barry Diller is close to an agreement to acquire Ask Jeeves [subscription].

[Thanks Jason, Caleb.]


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