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Flickr fans band together to fend off Microsoft

This is what happens when Microsoft tries to take over not just a company but also a community: a number of Flickr users have launched a group opposing the attempted acquisition.

This is what happens when Microsoft tries to take over not just a company but also a community: a number of Flickr users have launched a group opposing the attempted acquisition.





This "Blue-Pink Screen of Death" image protests Microsoft's attempted acquisition of Yahoo, which operates Flickr.


(Credit: Flickr user michaeluyttersp)




The Microsoft: Keep Your Evil Grubby Hands Off Our Flickr group has 1,804 members and counting. The photo-sharing site has no shortage of opinionated members, and who knows how many shares they'll be able to vote in a proxy fight, but it is an interesting development.



Several of the photos in the pool are amusing, but I particularly liked the Blue-Pink Screen of Death that merges Flickr's color scheme with Microsoft's notorious error fatal-crash message.



Microsoft made an unsolicited $44.6 billion offer for Yahoo last week. Yahoo has said its board is studying the offer.



— Posted by Stephen Shankland

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