LA Times: Photo sharing site Flickr adds videos

Yahoo Inc. will begin showing homemade videos on its online photo-sharing site, Flickr, in a long-anticipated move that might be too late to lure most people away from the Internet's dominant video channel, Google Inc.'s YouTube.

Flickr's video technology, which debuted late Tuesday, represents the latest example of Yahoo trying to catch up to Google in a crucial battleground.

Yahoo's inability to keep pace with Google in the lucrative online search market caused its profit and stock price to sag during the last two years, which in turn triggered an unsolicited takeover attempt by Microsoft Corp. for more than $40 billion.

While trying to fend off Microsoft, Yahoo has continued to develop and introduce services that the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company hopes will help revive its earnings growth.

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