Google co-founder Sergey Brin might want to start editing his photos online now that Google owns Web photo editor Picnik.
In 2008, Brin derided operating systems like Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh OS X, but admitted he still edited his photos using an application on his computer, and not in a Web browser like he does with documents and emails.
Yahoo bought Flickr in 2005, winning a competition with Google to buy the then-hot Web startup. Spurned by Flickr, Google bought a rival service, Picasa, which has not proved as popular.
Picnik employees will join an existing Google office in the Seattle area. No terms for the deal were disclosed, but one has to imagine they paid more than Yahoo would have in 2007. Google has promised that Picnik will continue to work with third-party sites, like Flickr.
A suggestion for Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: Rather than missing the boat on yet another good deal, snap up Aviary, the best online image-editing tool out there with lots of relatively advanced features that would appeal to Flickr's hardcore photography nerd users and show support for one of Yahoo's still-relevant Web properties.
Jackson West is surprised Google went with Picnik and not Aviary.