Photobucket

  • FIM Trims About 100 Jobs, Mostly At Photobucket And Corporate

    FIM Trims About 100 Jobs, Mostly At Photobucket And Corporate

    Fox Interactive Media is eliminating more than just free lunches. News Corp’s digital arm is trimming nearly 100 jobs across several business units, including Photobucket, MySpace, Scout Media, Rotten Tomatoes, and corporate. The total comes to a little under 5 percent of FIM’s domestic U.S. workforce, and about 3 percent of its global workforce of 2,900. We have added the amount… Read More

  • Verizon and Photobucket team up for instant photo uploading

    Verizon and Photobucket team up for instant photo uploading

    Whenever people remember to use that camera on the back of their phone, what do they do with it? Do they go out into the wild and try to capture what Ansel Adams’ work would look like through a crappy VGA sensor? No. They go and take pictures of themselves with the bathroom mirror, or snap a shot of their drunken friends for later uploading and sharing. Recognizing this, Verizon has gone… Read More

  • Google's Picasa Moves Onto Flickr's Turf: Adds Ways To Explore Interesting Public Photos

    Google's Picasa Moves Onto Flickr's Turf: Adds Ways To Explore Interesting Public Photos

    On the heels of a major upgrade earlier this week that added facial recognition and video-editing features to its Picasa photo management service, Google added a new Explore page today that shows off the most popular public photos uploaded by members. In addition to the featured photos, shown in a 3 X 4 grid, the Explore page also shows the most recent photos uploaded in a slide-show widget. Read More

  • Photobucket Introduces Group Albums to Make Sharing Simple

    Photobucket Introduces Group Albums to Make Sharing Simple

    Photobucket, one of the web’s most visited sites and home to billions of photos, is introducing a new feature dubbed “Group Albums”. The feature will allow multiple friends to add their photos and videos to a shared album, which can be password protected and moderated by the Group’s owner. Group Albums aren’t currently active on the site – Photobucket… Read More

  • Photobucket Plays Catch Up To Flickr, Public API Released

    Photobucket, acquired by Fox Interactive Media in May 2007 for $300 million, is releasing their API to the public today and will allow third party developers to build photo/video storage and visualization to their applications. Adobe, AOL, FotoFlexer, Intercasting, RockYou, Slide and Snapvine are being announced as launch partners. API documentation is available at… Read More

  • Photobucket Image Editing Now Provided by FotoFlexer

    Photobucket Image Editing Now Provided by FotoFlexer

    Starting tomorrow Photobucket will be able to edit images on the service in-browser courtesy of technology provided by FotoFlexer. The deal, which is highly reminiscent of the one recently struck between Flickr and Picnik, allows for things like resizing, rotating, coloring, decorating, beautifying, and distorting. CrunchBase Information Photobucket FotoFlexer Information provided… Read More

  • Photobucket Exec Departs to Run New Startup, BillShrink

    Photobucket Exec Departs to Run New Startup, BillShrink

    Peter Pham, VP of Business Development over at Photobucket(acquired by FIM last May) has resigned to head up a new company, BillShrink, as CEO. BillShrink, which has been in development for the past seven months and largely under the radar, will launch in a couple of weeks with the aim of helping users save money. Its strategy lies in suggesting better service packages for select verticals… Read More

  • Photobucket Now Available Inline For MySpace Users

    Photobucket Now Available Inline For MySpace Users

    Photobucket has announced inline support for inclusion of Photobucket photos within MySpace. To use, MySpace users click on “Add Image From Photobucket” when leaving a comment, which then provides them the ability to browse their Photobucket photos. Users can also search Photobucket for images other than their own for inclusion in a comment. The only downside is that MySpace has yet… Read More

  • Shareapic Pays You To Host Pictures

    Shareapic Pays You To Host Pictures

    Picture and file hosting has established credentials as a business idea. As the cost of storage has rapidly decreased as social networking has boomed picture hosting has been a hot vertical. There’s no shortage of sites in this space, and easy money to be had. At the very top Photobucket was acquired by MySpace for $250 million. To date free file hosting sites have been just that: free… Read More

  • TiVo now handles Photobucket and Picasa streaming

    TiVo now handles Photobucket and Picasa streaming

    Your TiVo box added a wee bit o’ usefulness today with the inclusion of Photobucket and Picasa compatibility. You can view your own photos, other people’s photos that you’ve been given the ability to access, and you can also customize photo feeds and view photos that have been tagged with specific keywords. Anyone try this out yet? I’m gonna fire my TiVo up this… Read More

  • Slide Users Adding One Million New Widgets Daily: That's a Lot Of Widgets

    Slide Users Adding One Million New Widgets Daily: That's a Lot Of Widgets

    San Francisco based social network widget provider Slide has hit new highs, with reports that they are now serving over one million new widgets daily. Slide provides widget based photo slideshows that users can embed in a range of social networking sites including MySpace, Facebook, Bebo and Friendster. Slide has impeccable backing, being founded by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin and funded… Read More

  • Fox Completes Photobucket Acquisition

    We’ve gotten word that Fox has closed the acquisition of Photobucket, has wired the money to the Photobucket shareholders and will issue a press release tomorrow. Read More

  • Photobucket Launches Media Plug-in 2.0

    Photobucket Launches Media Plug-in 2.0

    Photobucket has announced the launch of Photobucket Media Plug-in 2.0, an enhanced version of its free image and video hosting plug-in. The new plug-in gives users of participating web sites the ability to search for billions of publicly stored photos, videos and images from Photobucket’s extensive library, along with access to their own content from existing Photobucket media accounts… Read More

  • Fox Interactive Confirms Photobucket, Flektor Acquisitions

    Fox Interactive Confirms Photobucket, Flektor Acquisitions

    The Photobucket and Flektor acquisitions were confirmed by Fox Interactive today in a press release. No details on prices, so we are assuming earlier reports were correct: $300 million for Photobucket (including a $50 million earnout) and $15-20 million for Flektor. We had earlier reported that MySpace made both of these acquisitions; in fact parent company Fox Interactive was the… Read More

  • MySpace/Photobucket: User Overlap Is Nearly 100%

    NewsCorp plans to pay half as much for Photobucket as they did for MySpace. Photobucket is going for $300 million with the earnout (a steal compared to Google/YouTube), and MySpace was acquired for $580 million, back in 2005. Two separate analytics services, though, show that the Photobucket deal will bring very few new customers to MySpace because of the nearly 100% overlap in… Read More

  • Photobucket Was A Steal v. Google/YouTube

    Photobucket Was A Steal v. Google/YouTube

    By almost any measure, MySpace got Photobucket for an absolute steal when compared to the Google YouTube deal. The companies are somewhat comparable – both have very large libraries of user-created videos, and both built their business on the back of MySpace. Photobucket also has a huge library of shared photos, a business YouTube never entered. Google paid $1.65 billion in stock for… Read More

  • Confirmed: MySpace To Acquire Photobucket For $250 Million

    Apparently an overzealous Photobucket employee is the source of this rumor, but we’ve confirmed it with more senior people: MySpace is acquiring Photobucket for $250 million in cash. We’re hearing that there is also an earn-out for up to an additional $50 million. Photobucket has been looking for a buyer since March, when they hired Lehman Brothers to help sell the company. They… Read More

  • PhotoBucket Back on MySpace (I Want To Know The Backstory)

    A simple blog post on Photobucket tells us that the war is over – PhotoBucket videos are now allowed on MySpace again after a two week ban. But the interesting part of this story is what I don’t know yet – who blinked first and why. I’ve asked Photobucket if they made any concessions to MySpace and got back a long but essentially content-free reply that boiled down… Read More

  • Can PhotoBucket Survive Without MySpace?

    There was a lot of fingerpointing, denials, and “he said, she said” going on today as everyone digested the news that MySpace had blocked PhotoBucket’s 40 million members from embedding videos into their MySpace pages. From my perspective this looks like MySpace just found an excuse to send a big middle finger to the largest independent widget company in the hope of… Read More

  • PhotoBucket Videos Blocked on MySpace

    PhotoBucket Videos Blocked on MySpace

    Sometime around 10:30 pm PST tonight, MySpace began blocking videos embedded on MySpace pages that originate from Photobucket. This is a major blackout, affecting millions of embedded videos. Photobucket images and slideshows are not affected. Videos from competitors like YouTube are still working fine. As with previous outages, embedded videos work fine until the user makes any edit to… Read More