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Yahoo! confirms Tumblr deal, said to update Flickr

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Yahoo! Inc said on Monday that it is is acquiring blogging service Tumblr for $1.1 billion cash while sources said it was preparing to unveil updates to the company’s Flickr photo-sharing site.

Yahoo! Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer will detail changes to Flickr at a press event in New York, according to a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.

The deal, which will use about a fifth of Yahoo’s $5.4 billion in cash and marketable securities, is the largest by far since Mayer took the reins in July seeking to reverse a multi-year decline in Yahoo’s business and web traffic.

“Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business,” Yahoo! said in a statement on Monday.

Mayer has been tweaking Yahoo!’s services and adding features designed to win back users and advertisers who have fled the web portal in favour of competing sites such as Facebook Inc and Google Inc. Improvements to Flickr in December helped Yahoo! top 300 million monthly mobile users, up from just 200 million at the end of the last year. An acquisition of Tumblr would add a social network of 108 million blogs that’s popular with a younger audience.

Tumblr is one of the web’s most popular hubs of so-called user-generated content. The deal will provide Yahoo! with a much-needed platform in social media to reach a younger generation of users less tied to Yahoo!’s traditional web portal and e-mail services.

Analysts, contacted after the deal was reported on Sunday by the online publication All Things D, said Yahoo! was paying a hefty premium.

Media reports have pegged Tumblr’s 2012 revenue at $13 million. The privately held company, based in Manhattan, does not disclose its financial results.

The New Flickr: What it Means for Flickr Pro Users

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Yahoo unveiled some big changes to Flickr on Monday, both in terms of features and overall design. One of those changes is that free users are no longer limited to a certain number of photos; instead, everyone gets 1TB of space for their full-resolution photos.

With that change comes an end to what used to be the biggest difference between free Flickr accounts and Flickr Pro. As it turns out, that’s by design. In addition to lifting the previous upload and storage limits, Flickr is quietly discontinuing its Flickr Pro accounts (existing Pro users can continue to use Flickr Pro) and shifting to a different type of upgrade model.

If you’re an existing Flickr Pro user, the new changes might be confusing. We were annoyed when reading the new FAQ on account types. That’s why we dug into the changes, and reached out to Yahoo for clarification on what the changes really mean for Flickr Pro users.

Which Flickr Pro Features are Now Available for Free?

The biggest advantage of Flickr Pro was that more than 200 photos were viewable in a photostream, users could only upload 100MB of photos a week and photos were not displayed in full resolution.

With the new Flickr, free users now get 1TB of photo uploads, and the maximum photo size is now 200MB (it was 10MB for free users before). What’s more, all users can create collections, post to up to 60 group pools and limit the maximum image size available to others.

Free users can also upload full HD videos up to 1GB each, with playback of three minutes.

Which Features are Still Limited to Flickr Pro?

The old Flickr Pro accounts included unlimited storage space, and that means it can exceed 1TB.

Flickr Pro users also get to view view counts and referrer statistics for their images. Lots of professionals often like this feature because it shows where a photo has been used or linked across the web.

Flickr Pro users can replace photos (without having to reupload), archive high-resolution original images and enjoy an ad-free experience.

Although storage and bandwidth are unlimited, they do come with a caveat. Flickr Pro users are limited to image sizes of 50MB and video sizes of 500MB. If you want to upgrade to the larger file sizes, you’ll need to convert from a Flickr Pro to a free account.

Can I Buy a New Flickr Pro Account Now?

No. Flickr Pro accounts stopped being sold as of May 20, 2013. Existing Flickr Pro users can continue to use the service or migrate to a free account.

Can I Still Keep my Flickr Pro Account?

Yes. Last year, Flickr migrated all Flickr Pro accounts into recurring accounts. As long as your account is by way of a recurring subscription (currently quarterly, yearly or for two years), you can continue to renew your account once it expires.

If your Flickr Pro account was the result of a gift certificate, it’s possible that because it is not recurring, it and its benefits will end once it expires.

How Long Can I Keep My Pro Account Active?

We asked Flickr how long Flickr Pro users would be able to continue to renew their accounts and were told, “There are no plans for Pro renewals to go away.”

Renewal rates will also remain the same as they are now.

What Happens if I Convert to a Free Account

Certain Flickr Pro members have the option to switch to a free account by Aug. 20, 2013.

Switching to a free account will bump users to upload limits of 200MB per photo and 1GB per video, but will also cap users at 1TB of space. Other features such as replacing photos and the ability to look up referrals and statistics will also disappear.

 

Simple Photo-taking and Photo-sharing App:Instagram

Instagram, the hottest iPhone startup right now, isn’t complicated or even revolutionary.

It’s a simple photo-taking and photo-sharing app that has taken over Silicon Valley and is filling our Twitter feed with fun, cute photographs.You can get it for free from Apple’s App Store.

What’s it for

First, Instagram is for taking pictures, adding filters to make them look retro, and then for sharing them with sites like Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, and Facebook.

And second, it’s a simple social network of other people’s photos. You can “like” or comment on the photos, and see what’s new. It’s easy and doesn’t take much time or effort. This is one of the reasons it has become so popular so quickly.

A Photo-Based Social Networking Feed

The idea behind Instagram seems to be less archive-oriented and more feed-oriented. That is, instead of something like Flickr, which acts as a repository for your photo collection, Instagram is an app from which you share the random photos you snap on your phone from day to day. You can add effects, share your photos with your Instagram followers, and even upload them to other networks like Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Facebook. You can even have it check you into Foursquare when you upload a location-enabled photo. It’s actually a pretty neat app, even if you don’t have any friends on it—browsing through the “Popular” feed is entertaining in its own right. Hit the link to check it out.

Instagram is a free download for iOS, and supports cameras on the 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4.

Why Flickr didn’t create Instagram

Specifically, someone asked the question: Why did Flickr miss the mobile photo opportunity that Instagram and picplz are pursuing? The mobile photo space is red-hot right now with several players beyond the two mentioned vying to become a common app on smartphones. And one of them, Instagram, was able to gain over a million users in less than three months. So why wasn’t Flickr, with all the resources of Yahoo behind them, able to dominate this space first?

The simple answer, according to Elliot-McCrea, is “Innovator’s dilemma”. That is, if Flickr had wanted to create a successful service that leveraged Twitter’s social graph, they would have had to sacrifice their own login system for that of Twitter’s — which until more recently was considered very insecure. “The Yahoo! Paranoids would have shut us down in a heart beat,” Elliot-McCrea says.

Finally,you can find me in Instagram @wintbros.