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Yahoo’s Flickr Gets Bold New Form, Terabyte of Free Storage

Tumblr isn't the only news in the Yahoo universe


Marissa Mayer’s just getting warmed up.

The Yahoo (YHOO) CEO continues to realign the company, this time rolling out a redesign and increased storage — a whopping 1 terabyte (that’s 1,000 gigabytes) — reports Mashable. The reboot also lets users host longer videos, and a new Android app is being released in conjunction.

After making a big splash with its $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr this week, the refresh of Flickr (itself acquired back in 2005) is a smaller move, but it’s destined to keep Mayer and Yahoo in the spotlight. And it could signal an acknowledgment of Yahoo’s past missteps — see the excellent Gizmodo piece “How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet” for a solid rundown of the hookup.

The Flickr move won’t please everyone, though; “Pro” accounts previously cost $25 a year, and they came with “unlimited” storage. So while 1 TB is an eye-popping number for most of us, hardcore users will see their experience suffer. (They can pony up $500 a year for … 2 TB.) And an ad-free experience will cost you $50 a year, double the previous figure.

But Yahoo seems to be courting a more casual user … and 1 TB will likely suit them just fine.

Stay tuned. I’m guessing Mayer’s not done yet.

At the time of publication, Harding had no positions in the stocks mentioned.

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