Yahoo Acquires GhostBird Software To Integrate With Flickr

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Yahoo just keeps on acquiring companies.This time it's GhostBird Software, which the company will use to enhance the recently enhanced Flickr even further. GhostBird makes the photo apps KitCam and PhotoForge2.

"We'll integrate many of the mobile photography experiences from GhostBird into our Flickr apps," a Yahoo spokesperson tells WebProNews.

Travis Houlette and Ye Lu of GhostBird will join Yahoo's Flickr team in San Francisco.

"If users already have the KitCam or PhotoForge2 apps on their devices, they will be able to continue to keep using them," the spokesperson says. "We won't continue to update the apps in future versions of iOS are released and as of today, they’ll no longer be available for download from the App Store."

Here's what GhostBird had to say about the news on its site:

Today we are thrilled to announce that Yahoo! has acquired GhostBird Software!

Over the last few years, mobile photography has really taken off, and we feel privileged to have been part of its growth. We are especially humbled to have introduced some of the most-loved photography apps to the App Store. We have been dedicated to bringing incredible photo-editing experiences to iOS since 2009; and the best part is that the journey has just begun.

As photography enthusiasts, we are long-time admirers of Flickr, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring our technology and passion for beautiful photos to the Flickr team. There has been so much exciting progress at Yahoo! as they re-imagine their most-loved products for mobile, including the awesome new Flickr apps for iOS and Android.

If you already have the KitCam or PhotoForge2 apps on your devices, you will be able to continue to use them in their current versions. However, we will not continue to update the apps as future versions of iOS are released. Also, users who have previously purchased the app but don’t have them on their devices today will not be able to re-download past purchases. As of today, KitCam and PhotoForge2 are no longer available for download from the App Store.

Thank you for all of your support and feedback. We can’t wait to work with the Flickr team and help you capture even more beautiful moments for years to come.

Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.

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