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Kleiner-backed Cooliris launches new website for photo-sharing service

Another photo sharing website has come into play. But this one is not new and already has a fairly decent following in the all-important mobile space.

LiveShare, the brainchild of Palo Alto startup Cooliris, is currently available as an app on iOS and Android mobile devices. But the company has now created a presence outside of these mobile platforms by launching a Web-based platform, which makes the service a bit more independent.

The website, which went live today,  is targeted mainly at  students, digital moms, young professionals and ex-pats who want to communicate effectively, Cooliris co-founder and Chief Executive Soujanya Bhumkar said. The app, in particular, has some streed cred amongst the ex-pat community.

It’s fast (really!), you can choose your group of friends each time for a particular photo or stream of photos, and everyone can comment on the pictures. Even those who are not on LiveShare can be roped in through email addresses.

Interest in photo sharing social services has spiked since Facebook made known its $1 billion purchase of two-year old Instagram. It remains to be seen if LiveShare manages to catch on.

Tech wrap: D.Telekom may be forced to play with Sprint

Deutsche Telekom may be forced into a tie-up of its sub-scale U.S. wireless unit with Sprint Nextel after a $39 billion deal with AT&T collapsed.

AT&T said on Monday it had dropped its bid for T-Mobile USA, bowing to fierce regulatory opposition and leaving both companies scrambling for alternatives.

The collapse of AT&T’s deal to buy D.Telekom’s U.S. wireless unit may be welcome news for network equipment makers, as money earmarked for the merger will be freed up for investments.

from Commentaries:

The finite value of a T-Mobile UK merger

-- Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own -- 

By Eric Auchard 

Eric AuchardLONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Deja vu, all over and over again. The news is that T-Mobile UK is for sale. Still. 

The Financial Times, citing unnamed sources, says Deutsche Telekom is in "preliminary stage" talks with Vodafone, France Telecom, and Telefonica to sell T-Mobile UK. 

The logic of such a deal seems to be compelling. DT needs to sell out because T-Mobile lacks the scale to gain an edge over its multiple competitors.