The Internet giant has confirmed the acquisition in a statement to TechCrunch:
We have acquired Cooliris. In order to build inspiring products, grow engagement, and ultimately revenue, everything starts with having the best people to help us accelerate our transformation in our growth areas. As such, we are focusing on acquisitions that align with our key growth areas: search, communications, digital magazines and video. We are excited to welcome 17 employees from Cooliris to Sunnyvale, where our core communications team is located. Nothing will change with the Cooliris products in the immediate future.
Early last month, the once popular messaging app MessageMe was acquired by Yahoo. Unlike Cooliris and BeamIt, however, MessageMe was shut down shortly after its acquisition.
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