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Tumblr fans get sassy on Yahoo takeover news

Published on May 21, 2013 6:09 AM
 
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer speaks about the company's acquisition of Tumblr at a press conference in Times Square on May 20, 2013 in New York City. Tumblr lovers were quick to express ire in trademark sassy posts on Monday after news that Yahoo is buying the blogging platform in a US$1.1 billion (S$1.4 billion) deal. -- PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Tumblr lovers were quick to express ire in trademark sassy posts on Monday after news that Yahoo is buying the blogging platform in a US$1.1 billion (S$1.4 billion) deal.

Reaction was swift as the youthful user base of Tumblr put the California company on notice that they would hold it to the promise of allowing the New York firm to remain independent.

One Tumblr user posted an endlessly looping vide snippet of pop singer Britney Spears repeatedly saying "I'm sad" while another uploaded a picture of a man vomiting in front of a large Yahoo sign in a hallway.

A petition titled "Stop Yahoo from buying Tumblr" at website ipetitions.com topped 168,000 online signatures by midday.

 
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