Facebook buys second photo app Lightbox after $1bn splurge on Instagram

Facebook buys second photo app Lightbox after $1bn splurge on InstagramWashington, May 18 : Social media giant Facebook has bought another photo application named Lightbox, after recently shelling out over a billion dollars on Instagram.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg purchased London firm Lightbox for his networking site company, which makes a photo app for Android phones.

"We started Lightbox because we were excited about creatingnew services built primarily for mobile, especially for the Android and HTML5 platforms, and we''re honored that millions of you havedownloaded the Lightbox Photos app and shared your experiences with theLightbox community," the Daily Mail quoted Lightbox's founders Thai Tran and Nilesh Patel, as saying.

The move, that came just hours before Facebook becomes a public company, will see the firm's staff moving to Silicon Valley.

In a statement released by Facebook, it said, "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. The Lightbox team has incredible experience developinginnovative mobile products that people love. We look forward to welcoming this world-class team of engineers to Facebook."

Facebook also recently bought Glancee, a ''social discovery'' app that shows the user when people with similar interest and friends are nearby. (ANI)