TechCrunch: SmugMug acquires Flickr

TechCrunch:
SmugMug acquires Flickr
. “Two photo-sharing services are teaming up, as SmugMug buys Flickr from Verizon’s digital media subsidiary Oath. USA Today broke the news and interviewed SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill, who said he hopes to revitalize Flickr .” Good. Flickr has been dying of neglect for a while now. I don’t know what’s going to happen to Flickr Commons, but I’ve e-mailed someone at SmugMug and will let y’all know if I hear anything back.

Nature: Web of Science owner buys tool that offers one-click access to journal articles

Nature: Web of Science owner buys tool that offers one-click access to journal articles. “The owner of the large scholarly search engine Web of Science — Clarivate Analytics — has bought a start-up company whose tool gives researchers one-click, legal access to journal articles even when off campus. Clarivate announced on 10 April that it had acquired the London-based company, called Kopernio, and said it will integrate the tool into its Web of Science database service, to which more than 7,500 institutions worldwide subscribe. It did not disclose the value of the deal.”

Google Blog: Making it easier to find and share GIFs with Google

Google Blog: Making it easier to find and share GIFs with Google. “When we started Google Images, we focused on making it easy to find photos and images from across the web. But as the web evolved and mobile devices changed the way people search, the way people use Google Images has changed too. Most people now use Google Images to find more information about a topic, and to help them communicate and express themselves—case in point, we see millions of searches for GIFs every day. We’ve continued to evolve Google Images to meet both of these needs, and today we’re bringing GIFs more closely into the fold by acquiring Tenor, a GIF platform for Android, iOS and desktop.”

Search Engine Land: Google selling Zagat to restaurant recommendations site The Infatuation

Search Engine Land: Google selling Zagat to restaurant recommendations site The Infatuation. “The New York Times is reporting that Google will sell Zagat to restaurant search and recommendations site The Infatuation. Terms were not disclosed; an announcement will be made today. The potential sale was first reported by Reuters earlier this year. Google bought the Zagat brand and all of its content in 2011 for roughly $151 million in the wake of an unsuccessful effort to acquire Yelp.”

PetaPixel: 500px Acquired by VCG, the Getty Images of China

PetaPixel: 500px Acquired by VCG, the Getty Images of China. “500px has been acquired by Visual China Group (VCG), the Beijing, China-based photo and media agency that’s known as ‘the Getty Images of China.’ VCG announced today that its subsidiary VCG Hong Kong has acquired 100% of 500px shares. VCG previously led a $13 million funding round in 500px back in July 2015, becoming 500px exclusive distributor of images in China, and in October of that year 500px announced an expansion into China with its new website, 500px.me.”

VR Scout: Walmart Acquires VR Startup to Develop ‘Immersive Retail Environments’

VR Scout: Walmart Acquires VR Startup to Develop ‘Immersive Retail Environments’. “The world’s largest company by revenue and the United States’ biggest supplier of jobs has just made a major investment in virtual reality commerce. Walmart has agreed to purchase a little-known VR startup called Spatialand for an undisclosed amount. Spatialand creates tools that let content creators transform their 2D work into immersive VR experiences.”

TechCrunch: Google completes its $1.1B deal to buy a chunk of HTC’s smartphone division

TechCrunch: Google completes its $1.1B deal to buy a chunk of HTC’s smartphone division. “Google has announced the completion of its $1.1 billion deal to buy a large slice of HTC’s hardware business. The acquisition was announced back in September 2017 but now it has passed the requisite approvals and is finalized. Beyond the transfer of over 2,000 engineers from HTC — that’s around one-fifth of HTC’s engineering team — Google will also receive a non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual property. HTC is retaining its Vive VR division and it will continue to make its own smartphones, the company confirmed last year.”