Facebook Acquires Lightbox, Hires The Entire Team

Just days ago, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at an event that Facebook’s focus, in the coming days, will be on the mobile platform. To this end, Facebook acquired Instagram a while ago. And now, Facebook has made yet another acquisition which goes on to show that the social network is serious about the mobile platform.

Lightbox is a popular camera and photo sharing app for Android devices. Now, Facebook has acquired the company. According to Facebook, “The Lightbox team has incredible experience developing innovative mobile products that people love.”

However, the interesting part is that Facebook will be hiring the entire team while at the same time, Lightbox itself will shut down. This essentially means that Facebook has not acquired the company or the user data that the company has, rather this has been more of a talent acquisition. The official blog post at Lightbox reads, “Today, we’re happy to announce that the Lightbox team is joining Facebook, where we’ll have the opportunity to build amazing products for Facebook’s 500+ million mobile users.’

As a result of the acquisition, the service will shut down by June 15th. No new users will be able to sign up for the service from now on and current users will have time till June 15th to download their data from the website.

Also, soon after shutting down, the Lightbox team will be making most of the portions of code for Lightbox open-source through an online repository. That sure would be a treat for the developers.

Source: Lightbox

Courtesy: The Verge

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Salman Latif is a software engineer with a specific interest in social media, big data and real-world solutions using the two.Other than that, he is a bit of a gypsy. He also writes in his own blog. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter .

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