Posts Tagged ‘acquisition’

Instagram Enters the Acquisition Game, Purchases Video App Luma

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It wasn’t so long ago that Instagram was in the business of being bought, but now that the app has the power of Facebook behind it, as Bob Dylan would say: The Times They Are a-Changin’. In addition to the recent update to the company’s brand guidelines that banned the use of “Insta” and “Gram” by connected apps (among other things), the company just made an acquisition of its own. Read more…

Photography Website Service liveBooks Acquired by WeddingWire

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Yesterday we shared some news coming out of photographer Vincent LaForet’s camp that the website service liveBooks — which is used by many photographers — was quite possibly on its way out. This after a month of silence and “knowledgeable sources” indicating that the US branch of the business was all but shut down.

A few hours after that news broke, however, we found out what was really happening: liveBooks has been acquired by the online event marketplace WeddingWire. Read more…

Dropbox Shuts Down Photo Storage Site Snapjoy Just 6 Months After Acquiring It

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Back in December, Dropbox acquired the photo storage service Snapjoy, seemingly getting ready to jump head first into the cloud sharing battle. At the time, the announcement on the Snapjoy blog rang with excitement, and even though they weren’t going to be accepting new signups, they promised that “your photos are safe!”

Well, not anymore. As of yesterday, Dropbox has officially decided to shut down the service — a decision that was confirmed by Snapjoy on its blog and through an email to all of its remaining subscribers. Read more…

Yahoo Acquires iOS Photo App Company Ghostbird Software to Improve Flickr

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It looks like the ongoing revamp of Flickr isn’t limited to additional storage space and a new user interface. Yahoo, the company behind Flickr, has acquired Ghostbird Software for an undisclosed sum in order to beef up Flickr’s mobile offerings.
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Photography Portfolio Website Zenfolio Acquired by Art.com

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Art.com is “the world’s largest online specialty retailer of high-end wall art.” Zenfolio offers “online photography presentation and sales solutions for professional photographers and enthusiasts.” Knowing that, Zenfolio’s acquisition by Art.com announced earlier seems like a match made in sales heaven. Read more…

Rumor: Shutterfly Aquiring Photo Sharing and Backup Company ThisLife

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Over the last year, almost every time we’ve heard the word “acquisition” it’s been preceded by the word, or rather company, Shutterfly. That’s because Shutterfly has been very busy buying up companies and galleries and, fortunately for users, putting them to work in real ways.

It was less than two weeks ago that the new Shutterfly Mobile app was announced, a result of its Penguin Digital acquisition. And now, in time to steal a little bit of thunder from all of the CES rumors, sources claim that the photo storage and sharing site is acquiring yet another start-up. Read more…

Adobe Acquires Behance with Hopes of Making Creative Cloud More Social

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A major event occurred today in the creative industry landscape: Adobe has acquired Behance, a juggernaut portfolio-sharing service used by many photographers to showcase their work.
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Dropbox Acquires Snapjoy, Gearing Up for Cloud Photo Sharing War

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In the world of cloud data storage, Dropbox is one of the 800lb gorillas fighting for your files. In recent days, it has been making big moves to become more of a player in photo storage and sharing. After all, everyone needs a safe place to keep their digital images, right?

The company’s latest play came today in the form of an acquisition: Dropbox has acquired fellow cloud-storage company Snapjoy — a business based around aggregating photos from around the web and from your various devices.
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Kodak Patents Acquired by Group That Includes Apple, Google, and Facebook

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One chapter in the saga of Kodak’s escape from bankruptcy has come to an end. The company announced today that it has completed the sale of its valuable imaging patents for $525 million to a group of Silicon Valley companies. The deal involves more than 1,100 patents related to the capturing, manipulating, and sharing of digital photographs.
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500px Acqui-hires 2-Person Team Behind Popular iOS Photo-Browsing App ISO500

500px is on a tear. The service has been growing like a weed as of late, and appears to have some ambitious plans in the works. The company announced today that it has acqui-hired (i.e. buying out a small company mainly for the team’s talent) the two-man development team Pulpfingers, creators of the popular iOS 500px browsing app ISO500.
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