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Yahoo's 1TB of Flickr storage may signal bigger cloud plans

Ian Paul | May 22, 2013
With Flickr now offering users 1TB of free photo storage, Yahoo may just be getting started when it comes to cloud storage.

In April, Yahoo tried to solve its cloud storage shortcomings by announcing Dropbox integration with Yahoo Mail. The new feature lets you store attachments in Dropbox and share Dropbox files via e-mail. But Dropbox integration feels more like a stopgap measure to bring Yahoo Mail in line with competitors like Gmail and Outlook that have Drive/SkyDrive integration built-in. A full-featured Yahoo Drive would be far more useful than the current Dropbox partnership, and a heck of a lot more interesting to users than buying a blogging platform for $1.1 billion.

The only question is whether Yahoo could handle the bandwidth demands when doling out that much free storage to its millions of users. It's one thing to hand out 1TB of free storage to 89 million Flickr users who will never be able to fill up their storage allotment. It's something else to let 200 million-plus people store 1TB of documents, photos, music, and video files in the cloud.

 

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