Google and Yahoo want to buy it outright, while venture capital firms are flooding it with all kinds of creative proposals. "We get four or five calls a week from VCs," says Stewart Butterfield, who co-founded Flickr with his wife, Caterina Fake. "We even had a health-care fund call recently. I guess they wanted in on the excitement."

SFist lurves us some Flickr, but man, it's been in beta since, well, ever. We hope the resources Yahoo has at their disposal -- including the printing available on their own photo service -- will quicken the pace of development. On the other hand, we doubt the Flickr API will continue to be publicly available for long.