Facebook, the biggest social- networking service, is buying the Instagram mobile photo-sharing application for about $1 billion in cash and stock, using its biggest acquisition yet to attract users of mobile devices.
The transaction is expected to close later this quarter, Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook said today in a statement on its site. Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg also announced the deal on his Facebook profile page.
Instagram, owned by San Francisco-based Burbn, boasts more than 30 million users and the most popular free photo- sharing application on Apple’s App Store. The deal may help Facebook win handset users and advertisers who target them, said Rebecca Lieb, an analyst at Altimeter Group LLC.
It marks the first time Facebook has acquired a product and company with so many users, Zuckerberg said in his posting. Facebook, which intends to raise $5 billion in the biggest initial public offering of an Internet company, says it plans to let Instagram remain independent.
Even if you don’t have an iPhone or Android device, there are also some awesome photo processing software on Windows platform, see below:
- Adobe Photoshop CS6
Adobe Photoshop CS6 software redefines digital imaging with powerful new photography tools and breakthrough capabilities for Complex image selections, realistic painting, and intelligent retouching. Enjoy cross-platform 64-bit support and a wide range of workflow enhancements.
What’s new in Photoshop
Remove any image detail or object and watch as Content-Aware Fill magically fills in the space left behind. This breakthrough technology matches lighting, tone, and noise so it looks as if the removed content never existed.
Complex selections made easy
Select specific areas within an image in fewer clicks. Easily select intricate image elements, such as hair; eliminate background color around selection edges; and automatically vary selection edges and perfect masks using new refinement tools.
Superior HDR imaging
Create photo-realistic or surreal HDR images with unprecedented speed and control. Get better-than-ever results thanks to automatic GHOST removal and greater control with tone mapping and adjustments, and even give single-Exposure photos the look of HDR.
Process raw images, JPEGs, TIFFs, or PNG images with the industry-leading Photoshop Camera Raw 6 plug-in. Remove noise without oversharpening, add grain, or perform post-crop vignetting. You can free download Adobe Photoshop CS6 now.
- PhotoDirector 3.0
PhotoDirector 3 makes it easy to Create spectacular photos from start to finish. From the moment your images are imported onto your PC, the complete software empowers you with all the tools you need to result in professional-looking images, Including photo management, photo adjustment and advanced editing features. You can free download PhotoDirector 3.0 now.
- PhotoShine 4.2
PhotoShine gives you an easy way to add your photo into different beautiful templates.Add your photo into a classical LOVE style Template, a pink girl style template, a baby Cartoon template, or a magazine cover template etc by just One Click in PhotoShine.
1) Easy to use: Just one click, you can add your photo into the template which you like.
2) 9 themes (styles), more than 680 beautiful templates included. The 9 themes are: GIRL,BABY,LOVE,SIMULATION, DREAM, MAGAZINE,FESTIVAL,Frame and OTHER. There are more than 680 templates included in PhotoShine, which means you have more than 680 choices to make your photo more attractive. You can free download PhotoShine 4.2 now.
- MAGIX Photo Manager 10 Deluxe
Best organization from shutter release to finished photo! The powerful functions of MAGIX Photo Manager 10 Deluxe make all digital photo tasks go easier and FASTER: Complete photo collections can be quickly optimized, photos and video clips quickly managed, securely archived, protected with a password and presented on the PC, on the web or on the go in the way they deserve.
Is your digital photo collection constantly growing? MAGIX Photo Manager 10 Deluxe is an essential complement for efficient management of your personal memories. Finally, spend more time taking pictures than at your PC!
MAGIX Photo Manager10 Deluxe is the essential solution for every step of efficient and productive digital photo editing. With maximum functionality, optimal user friendliness and innovative WorkFlow, you can manage image collections of any size from import to export effortlessly, quickly and centrally with just one program. You can free download MAGIX Photo Manager 10 Deluxe 184.108.40.206 now.