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Russian investors pile cash into a startup that can detect your Photoshop fakery

Flint Capital, a $30 million high-tech investment fund based in Moscow, and FRII, a government-backed $200 million seed and early-stage fund, have invested an undisclosed amount in SMTDP Tech LTD, a St. Petersburg startup that has developed a technology to verify the authenticity of photographs.

Adobe’s subscription-only Photoshop Creative Cloud already hacked

While not specifically stated, I felt like one of the driving points behind Adobe’s decision to transform its Creative Suite software bundle into a subscription-based online service (Creative Cloud) was an intention to curb the large number of people who would pirate apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

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Ning adds in-browser photo editing to social networks (exclusive)

Build-your-own-social-network company Ning announced today that it is adding Aviary, a photo-editing tool that works inside a social network’s web browser, to its social networks.That gives social networks built on Ning a one-up over sites that are built around image sharing, like 4chan or news aggregators like Reddit. It removes the barrier of having to purchase (or pirate) expensive photo-editing applications like Photoshop to modify images and create original content for those sites.Photo editing is a feature that’s so popular it spawned a new startup from 4chan founder Christopher Poole called Canv.as. That site is essentially a massive image-sharing board that lets users “remix” images with rudimentary photo-editing tools — all from within the web browser. And so far it’s proved to be pretty popular, with hundreds of new, remixed images appearing on the site daily.”If you look at usage and popular features, photos are right up at the top of the list,” said Ning Chief executive Jason Rosenthal. “And users are really doing both Photoshopping and photo sharing, people are already uploading and sharing photos around the topic of the site.”Palo Alto, Calif.-based Ning previously eliminated its free product and focused on paying customers. Small groups interested in building a tight-knit social network can pay $3 per month to build one on Ning. Then there are “plus” and “pro” pricing plans that are for larger social networks, which cost $25 and $60 per month. The company has more than 100,000 social networks built on top of its service. More than half of those social networks are either “plus” or “pro” clients.

4chan founder looks to Reddit for a new Canv.as community

Christopher Poole, also known as “moot” and the founder of online imageboard 4chan, has a new image-sharing startup called Canv.as. Now he just needs to build a community around it as successful as — but hopefully a bit tamer than — his last venture.

Flash developer Adobe rakes in $1B in record fourth quarter

Adobe, the developer of popular design applications like Flash and Photoshop, brought in a record $1 billion for the first time in its fourth quarter this year, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Adobe announces Creative Suite 5, reminds Apple why it still matters

Adobe today announced the Creative Suite 5 product family, the latest addition to Adobe’s long-running line of creative software. It includes the latest versions of popular applications like Photoshop CS5, Flash CS5, and Acrobat 9 Pro.