By: EDITORIAL STAFF
Corbis, a photo and image agency owned by Bill Gates, is getting into the news business with the purchase of Sygma, the major French photo agency, the AP reports. The deal will create what Seattle-based Corbis calls the biggest photo and image database in the world with some 65 million images. The companies, both closely held, did not release terms of the deal. Sygma, with some 40 million images and a photo assignment business, competes with agencies such as Sipa and Gamma and the AP.
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