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Zing photo site to shut down

Zing.com, an online photography site backed by venture capital powerhouse Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, said it will shutter operations at the end of the month.

Zing.com, an online photography site backed by venture capital powerhouse Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, said it will shutter operations at the end of the month.

Zing.com becomes the latest Web company to throw in the towel despite its partnership with one of Silicon Valley's most influential VC firms.

Many companies have been created to tap the nascent online photo processing market, including Snapfish, PhotoWorks and Netscape founder Jim Clark's Shutterfly. But none have been successful, leading many to form partnerships with bigger companies.

Earlier this month, Ofoto was acquired by Kodak. Last month, Shutterfly struck a deal with Dell computer to offer new computer buyers photo software.

In the case of Zing.com, the company informed its customers through a notice on its Web site. The notice gave instructions for people to preserve their photos, such as ordering a CD-ROM coded with people's digital photos or saving images on a hard drive. The company will officially close on June 30, according to the site.