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Yahoo buys smartphone photo app maker GhostBird

Published on Jun 13, 2013 8:14 AM
 
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer speaks during an announcement that Yahoo acquired the Tumblr blogging site in order to upgrade its Flickr site, in New York, May 20, 2013. Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer, maintaining that her ambition was to make Flickr "awesome again," said the new site will showcase "bigger images" and create a user experience that is "more immersive, more expressive." The GhostBird buy extends a Yahoo shopping spree that included acquiring Tumblr for US$1.1 billion (S$1.4 billion). -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Yahoo on Wednesday announced it has bought a startup that makes picture-taking applications for iPhones to enhance its Flickr photo service.

Yahoo did not disclose how much it paid for GhostBird Software, the company behind KitCam and PhotoForge2 apps for Apple's popular smartphones.

"We'll integrate many of the mobile photography experiences from GhostBird into our Flickr apps," Yahoo said in a brief email statement.

People who have installed KitCam or PhotoForge2 apps on iPhones will still be able to use the mini-programs, but Yahoo yanked them from Apple's online App Store and planned no updates for the future.

 
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