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Google throws Photos + into the battle

That’s it. It’s official. After months of maybes, wild rumors, executive defection, Google finally announced the splitting of Google + into independent platforms, Stream and Photos. While there might be a future for Stream, we are only interested in the development of Photos, possibly named Photo +. The trigger of this announcement is certainly Apple’s imminent launch of Photo for OS X, already available in beta release. Due to replace the clunky iPhoto and the well liked Aperture, the Apple service will use iCloud as…

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10 Questions to a Founder : Aviary

After 7 years and raising $19 Million in 4 rounds, hugely popular photo editing app and SDK Aviary sold recently to Adobe. But this is not how the story ends. As the company enters is next chapter as part of the Adobe Creative Suite, co-founder Avi Muchnick tells us more as he also prepares to be a speaker at this year’s LDV Vision Summit.  A little about you, what is your background ? I’m an artist and entrepreneur based in NYC. I co-founded Worth1000, a…

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Adobe’s golden opportunities

The recent news of Adobe’s acquisition of microstock company Fotolia has sent ripples throughout the photo licensing world. The software company purchased the 11 year company operating in 23 countries in 14 different language for $800 million in cash,  in return for 34 million images. While the public announcement clearly aimed at integrating it into its Creative Cloud solution boasting 3.4 million subscribers, there is much more that Adobe can do with it. Adobe is best known for its hugely popular Photoshop product and its directly…

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10 Questions for a founder : Lumific

A recent study showed that 40% of the picture-taking crowd responsible for the more than 1,8 billion images uploaded daily said they lack discipline to routinely sort their images, while an extra 47% said they don’t mind. However, a large majority would be extremely happy to have an automated system take the load of their back . Enters Lumific, an app that can automatically sort, edit and intelligently manage your photos so that you can return to taking pictures carelessly and never worry about finding…

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Facebook messes with photos

Wrong move.  A new study just released by Socialbakers reveals that posting photos on Facebook might be the worst idea for brands trying to get attention. The reason ? Facebook algorithms. According to Business Insider who reviewed the study : “The Socialbakers data, which covered 4,445 Brand pages and more than 670,000 posts between October 2014 and February 2015, shows that video is now the most effective way to reach users in the newsfeed, driving more than twice as much reach as photo posts.” Facebook…

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The LDV Vision Summit is returning. Here is why

We sat down with investor and creator of the LDV Vision Summit Evan Nisselson, so he could tell us more about the upcoming 2015 edition of the Summit, as well as his thoughts about the visual web. What worked well last year ? Last year, we organized the first LDV Vision Summit. It was the first time that an event combined all the important aspects of technology and business across the visual technology ecosystem.  This visual ecosystem includes any individual or business that works with images…

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Drop the i, keep the photos

iPhoto is dead. Let’s celebrate. For a company that has build so much on or around photography, Apple took too much time to kill the ugly beast in its mist. With the release of “Photos”, the company finally turns the page on what was probably a shameful oversight in development. The release of Photos clearly signals  that Apple is going to take the photo bull by its two horns and dedicate itself to creating the best seamless experience for its users across platforms. After all,…

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Photo:Tech Stars by the numbers

Before we get too deep into the year, we thought that we would take a breather and look around the numbers a little bit closer. Since we love data around here, we compiled a few easy to digest charts to get a better understanding of the forces at play and how each one compares to the other. We purposely limited ourselves to the current top 3 superstars of the photo:tech space, Snapchat, Instagram and Pinterest. We  took  publicly available numbers recently published by credible sources…

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Shutterstock buys Rex for $33 Million

North America woke up with the news that golden boy photo agency Shutterstock acquired no less than 2 companies in what seems as one swoop. One, in the music category, the other, in the photo licensing world. Obviously it is the latter that interests us here. Shutterstock’s announcement that it has acquired 60 years old UK base photo agency Rex Features for $33 million is certainly good news for Rex ( at least, their share holders) but not so much for Shutterstock. And here’s why: Rex is…

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Mapillary announces new app and new funding

Mapillary, a company we reviewed last year,  announced today a new iOS app that makes it even easier for consumers to build a photo representation of the world. The company also announced that it has raised $1.5 million in seed funding led by Sequoia. Other backers include the international funds Playfair, Wellington, and LDV Capital, and a number of prominent angel investors, including James Currier, Taavet Hinrikus, and Naval Ravikant. The Mapillary community uses their smartphones and other devices like GoPro, Garmin Virb and low…

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