marissamayr:

I’m delighted to announce that we’ve reached an agreement to acquire Tumblr! 
We promise not to screw it up.  Tumblr is incredibly special and has a great thing going.  We will operate Tumblr independently.  David Karp will remain CEO.  The product roadmap, their team, their wit and irreverence will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve.  Yahoo! will help Tumblr get even better, faster.
Tumblr has built an amazing place to follow the world’s creators. From art to architecture, fashion to food, Tumblr hosts 105 million different blogs.  With more than 300 million monthly unique visitors and 120,000 signups every day, Tumblr is one of thefastest-growing media networks in the world.  Tumblr sees 900 posts per second (!) and 24 billion minutes spent onsite each month.  On mobile, more than half of Tumblr’s users are using the mobile app, and those users do an average of 7 sessions per day.  Tumblr’s tremendous popularity and engagement among creators, curators and audiences of all ages brings a significant new community of users to the Yahoo! network.  The combination of Tumblr+Yahoo! could grow Yahoo!’s audience by 50% to more than a billion monthly visitors, and could grow traffic by approximately 20%.
In terms of working together, Tumblr can deploy Yahoo!’s personalization technology and search infrastructure to help its users discover creators, bloggers, and content they’ll love.  In turn, Tumblr brings 50 billion blog posts (and 75 million more arriving each day) to Yahoo!’s media network and search experiences.  The two companies will also work together to create advertising opportunities that are seamless and enhance user experience.
As I’ve said before, companies are all about people.  Getting to know the Tumblr team has been really amazing.  I’ve long held the view that in all things art and design, you can feel the spirit and demeanor of those who create them.  That’s why it was no surprise to me that David Karp is one of the nicest, most empathetic people I’ve ever met.  He’s also one of the most perceptive, capable entrepreneurs I’ve worked with.  His respect for Tumblr’s community of creators is awesome, and I’m absolutely delighted to have him and his entire team join Yahoo!.   
Both Tumblr and Yahoo! share a vision to make the Internet the ultimate creative canvas by focusing on users, design — and building experiences that delight and inspire the world every day.
http://yahoo.tumblr.com/

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marissamayr:

I’m delighted to announce that we’ve reached an agreement to acquire Tumblr! 

We promise not to screw it up.  Tumblr is incredibly special and has a great thing going.  We will operate Tumblr independently.  David Karp will remain CEO.  The product roadmap, their team, their wit and irreverence will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve.  Yahoo! will help Tumblr get even better, faster.

Tumblr has built an amazing place to follow the world’s creators. From art to architecture, fashion to food, Tumblr hosts 105 million different blogs.  With more than 300 million monthly unique visitors and 120,000 signups every day, Tumblr is one of thefastest-growing media networks in the world.  Tumblr sees 900 posts per second (!) and 24 billion minutes spent onsite each month.  On mobile, more than half of Tumblr’s users are using the mobile app, and those users do an average of 7 sessions per day.  Tumblr’s tremendous popularity and engagement among creators, curators and audiences of all ages brings a significant new community of users to the Yahoo! network.  The combination of Tumblr+Yahoo! could grow Yahoo!’s audience by 50% to more than a billion monthly visitors, and could grow traffic by approximately 20%.

In terms of working together, Tumblr can deploy Yahoo!’s personalization technology and search infrastructure to help its users discover creators, bloggers, and content they’ll love.  In turn, Tumblr brings 50 billion blog posts (and 75 million more arriving each day) to Yahoo!’s media network and search experiences.  The two companies will also work together to create advertising opportunities that are seamless and enhance user experience.

As I’ve said before, companies are all about people.  Getting to know the Tumblr team has been really amazing.  I’ve long held the view that in all things art and design, you can feel the spirit and demeanor of those who create them.  That’s why it was no surprise to me that David Karp is one of the nicest, most empathetic people I’ve ever met.  He’s also one of the most perceptive, capable entrepreneurs I’ve worked with.  His respect for Tumblr’s community of creators is awesome, and I’m absolutely delighted to have him and his entire team join Yahoo!.   

Both Tumblr and Yahoo! share a vision to make the Internet the ultimate creative canvas by focusing on users, design — and building experiences that delight and inspire the world every day.

http://yahoo.tumblr.com/

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I’m delighted to announce that we’ve reached an agreement to acquire Tumblr!

We promise not to screw it up. Tumblr is incredibly special and has a great thing going. We will operate Tumblr independently. David Karp will remain CEO. The product roadmap, their team, their wit and…

First news of its kind announced by animated gif?

Press release from Yahoo just now:

Yahoo! to Acquire Tumblr

Promises not to screw it up

What do you think of the idea of Tumblr being bought by Yahoo? What do you think makes Tumblr so attractive?

'A blurry picture of scrambled eggs on toast … I can almost hear Rudolf Clausius turning in his grave.'

Not sure how popular a question this’ll be on tumblr, but: is it ok to photograph your food?

Photograph: Trevor Baker

London in the fog this morning. 

Evening all.

Last year was the second wettest in the UK on record. Met Office figures show the past 12 months’ rainfall was 6.6mm less than in 2000, the wettest year recorded. Here is & the latest report

June: hardy royalists huddle under umbrellas near Tower Bridge ahead of the Thames Diamond Jubilee pageant Photograph: Tal Cohen/EPA

July: festival-goers endure the rain at the main stage during the T In The Park Festival at Balado in Kinross Photograph: Ross Gilmore/Redferns via Getty Images

November: flood-damaged stock in a newsagents in Braunton, Devon Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

casualtiesofchristmas:

2nd January 2011, Shoreditch

Morning Tumblr! We love this new Tumblr from Emily Webber - remember to recycle your Christmas trees people!

2012: the last news quiz of the year (we promise!)

The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, notably used by the Maya, came to the end of a “great cycle” of 13 b’ak’tuns on 21 December 2012 - leading some to predict the final annihilation to which humanity has given many terrifying names (Armageddon, Ragnarok, Doomsday, Qiyamah) for the busy pre-Christmas shopping period. How did the world end for you? Chichen Itza, Mayan pyramid

  1. Ever since 21 December I’ve just been dust and vapour! How can I answer that?
  2. Not at all. Now on with the quiz!
  3. Sorry, the wifi here on this French mountain that turned out to be an alien spacecraft and is now spinning me to safety through outer space is terrible. I can’t load the page

Take the full news quiz here.

Cold snap: Deep in the Serbian snow a dog shows his displeasure at visitors to the area who have come in the belief that unusual electromagnetic waves in the region can shield them from the predicted Mayan apocalypse. Photograph: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Golden eagle video: film school reveals the truth

Montreal residents assured there is no danger of their children being snatched by large predatory bird