Yahoo has kept itself in the news today, first with its $ 1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr, and now, saying “We want to make Flickr awesome again,” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has announced updates to Yahoo’s photo sharing service, which includes 1TB of free photo storage for users of the service.
Flickr is getting three big updates. All users will get 1 terabyte of photo storage for free. The photo service’s interface is also being redesigned to focus on full-resolution photos, rather than words and links. And, in addition to the iOS app Flickr launched last December, there will now be an Android app.
The announcement was made today at a press conference Monday afternoon in New York where Mayer also announced that Yahoo has leased office space at 229 West 43rd Street — the old New York Times building — and will be housing all 500 of its New York-based employees there.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg took the stage to say the move reflects “what a big player New York has become in the tech industry,” with Yahoo becoming “one of the largest tech presences in the city.” He noted that Tumblr is a “New York-grown company” and that New York City was the first city government to have its own Tumblr presence.