Now Shopping for Photo Service

Rafat Ali asks the question – is there a photo-blogging related buyout in the works? Good question. Jeff Clavier has something here when he narrows down buyers to CNet or Google. Between these two, they have bought a couple of companies related to photo-related services. Google has Picasa and Hello.com but missed out on Flickr which opted for Yahoo instead. So who could be buyout target? Fotolog is one and my bet is Smugmug which had about 51,000 customers & 17.1 million photos! And then there is ShutterFly – a VC backed start-up. It has a wireless component as well! Stay tuned!

Multimedia WiFi a boost for chips?

Multimedia networking will drive the home networking semiconductor market over the next five years, as revenues grow 12% per year to reach over $2.3 billion in 2008, according to In-Stat/MDRAs more and more devices are getting connected, it spells opportunity for silicon vendors. In-Stat/MDR believes will be a $700 million market by 2008. 802.11n will begin shipments in 2006, and as the first technology that will enable wireless video networking for the majority of end-users, strong demand will translate to this variant of Wi-Fi. It will account for 55% of the consumer WLAN IC market by the end of the forecast.