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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.

Getty Images invests in Daylife, takes snapshot of business

As someone who only stopped using his 35 year-old Topcon camera when its shutter broke (irreparably), it was nice to have a phone interview with Getty Images Chief Executive Jonathan Klein on Monday.

Klein briefed us on an investment the stock photo and news photography company made in Daylife, a “news aggregator” that has been around a few years. The companies announced the investment on Wednesday. As Media Memo’s Peter Kafka described it:

Daylife formally launched in January 2007 with a good deal of buzz, due primarily to its high-profile investors, which included the New York Times (NYT), Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and Techcrunch’s Michael Arrington. The initial plan was to create both content-aggregation tools for publishers as well as a destination site, but the latter never took off and is now just a demo site for customers.

from Photographers' Blog:

Live from the Apple media extravaganza

Reuters will have live updates and photos from Apple's live event at 1 pm ET on Wednesday.

Apple Inc's Phil Schiller, Senior Vice-President of worldwide marketing, speaks about the iPod touch's game playing capabilities.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

All photos by Robert Galbraith.

from Photographers' Blog:

Iconic Obama poster based on Reuters photo — or was it?

Shepard Fairey's posters of Barack Obama became the iconic image of a historic campaign. After a bit of digging by a photographer and a blogger, it turns out that Fairey's source material was a photo by Reuters' veteran photographer Jim Young.

UPDATE, Jan 21: Or perhaps not. A flurry of online interest has resulted in the discovery of another photo from the Associated Press that may be a better match. Read about it at the blog run by Tom Gralish of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who has covered this story extensively.

Our original blog post continues below.

Blogger Michael Cramer created the composite photo above after sifting through countless images to find a match. The poster has Obama facing the opposite direction; Cramer flipped it to correspond with the original source photo.