Yahoo! acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion just a couple of days ago and yesterday they announced that their photo-sharing website Flickr will be offering 1TB of online storage for free. This means that Flickr users can store over 500,000 images at a high resolution. The Flickr website has also been redesigned in a tile format to emphasize larget photos rather than featuring a lot of text and white space.
Yahoo! has updated the Flickr app with several new features as part of version 2.10.803 earlier this week. The app lets you mention friends in titles, descriptions, or comments from within the app. You just have to type “@” and then select the name of the friend. Once a tagged photo is posted, that person will be notified abou the photo. The app also lets you download your own photos and add it to the iPhone camera roll. You just need to choose a picture, tap the share icon, and then click on “Save Photo.” Flickr has also improved the upload speed from within the app.
Flickr is offering three free months of their Pro access service to current subscribers. By clicking on “Get It Now,” current subscribers will be able to get a three month extension of unlimited uploads. The three free months have unlimited uploading and viewing along with the ability to post in up to 60 different groups. You can also upload high-resolution downloads of your original photos and unlimited uploads and plays of HD videos. Flickr recently launched a new iOS app with a smooth design and filters. If you are a current Flickr subscriber, you can sign up for the three months of free Pro service here.
Flickr has released a new iPhone application today. Their new application has Twitter, Foursquare, and Tumblr integrated into it. One of the most notable features that have been added is photo filters. Flickr has 80 million users that can upload, edit, and add 15 photo filters through the iPhone app. The photo filters are named after animals like panda, chinchilla, mammoth, and aardvark. The photo filters are powered by Aviary, which is also the same photo filtering service that Twitter users for their app.
Last month Yahoo! filed a lawsuit against Facebook that claimed Facebook’s News Feed, ads, and privacy settings infringed on their patents. Today Facebook has filed a countersuit against Yahoo! through 10 of their patents. Facebook said that Yahoo!’s Flickr photostream and their recent activity feature infringes a Facebook patent that is related to generating a personalized feed of stories on a social network. ”While we are asserting patent claims of our own, we do so in response to Yahoo’s short-sighted decision to attack one of its partners and prioritize litigation over innovation,” stated Facebook general counsel Ted Ullyot.
Pinterest was recently questioned about whether they would be in violation of displaying copyright images. Now Flickr has updated their website to prevent Pinterest users from “pinning” copyrighted images from Flickr. About 5 days ago, Pinterest wrote a tutorial for website owners to block users from “pinning” them.
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A Flickr redesign was rumored earlier today. The new design will make Flickr look just like Pinterest. Flickr will have a new photo stream design, Justified View, and a new uploading feature called Uploadr.
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Today is a big day for Klout. The social influence calculator just added five new networks to its algorithms, bringing their measurement possibilities to 10 total networks. Adding Tumblr, Blogger, Flickr, Last.fm and Instagram to the already-included Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare and YouTube means that some Klout users are about to see a huge jump in their scores. The staff blog reminds users that “connecting an account will never lower your Score, but it may increase it as we can give you credit for your influence in that network.” TechCrunch notes that Google+ is still missing from the list but that it should be on its way soon.