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Facebook Acquires Facial Recognition Company Face.com for $100M: Good Move?

Fef 2012/06/18 19:14:02
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Facebook just bought a leading facial recognition company for $100 million. The Israeli facial recognition company shared more than the first four letters of its name with Facebook -- they both share an interest in connecting faces with names. Facebook previously purchased the wildly popular photo app Instagram for $1billion. Now Facebook can integrate facial recognition with its vast network of names, tags and social graphs.

About Face.com:
Face.com builds facial recognition software that is not only highly accurate, but also works efficiently at web-scale. Our facial recognition analytics are able to identify faces well, despite difficult circumstances like poor lighting, poor focus, subjects wearing eyeglasses, facial hair, and even Halloween costumes. Face recognition isn’t just for the government or in the movies – you can use it yourself in all kinds of ways, from tagging photos to social networking.

Slashgear reports:
Facebook and Face.com have finally made an official announcement regarding their much rumored acquisition deal after nearly a month of speculation.

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  • Einstein's Firecracker 2012/06/19 15:42:11
    Good move
    Einstein's Firecracker
    Great, now I can take a photo of that girl in the mall, face recognize her on Facebook, get her address, and stock her. Who's that guy I see driving in front of my house? Why, that's Jim Brown, the man my neighbor's wife is having an affair with. Drug dealers use Facebook too, right? Oh, the possiblities here just abound!
  • Marcus Clark 2012/06/19 07:07:22
    Good move
    Marcus Clark
    Probably a smart move
  • Hula girl - Friends not Fol... 2012/06/18 21:53:55
    Bad move
    Hula girl - Friends not Followers
    Looks like all my pictures need to come down.
  • Kashee 2012/06/18 21:04:52
    Bad move
    Kashee
    That sounds creepy to me.
  • Farnsworth 2012/06/18 20:16:07
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    Farnsworth
    LOL, all you FaceBookers are going to end up in a database.
  • Manwé 2012/06/18 19:57:47
    Good move
    Manwé
    Don't know if that's a good price, but it's a good move for a social website.
  • HarleyCharley 2012/06/18 19:55:22
    Not Sure
    HarleyCharley
    They know what their doing...
  • Pedro Doller ~Inc. 2012/06/18 19:33:57
    Bad move
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    The FBI department on the 3rd floor was the one pushing this. Now they can not only remotely turn on the computers camera they can identify anybody also. Why in the world is anybody on Facebook?
  • Marcus ... Pedro D... 2012/06/19 07:08:30
    Marcus Clark
    Paranoid much?
  • Pedro D... Marcus ... 2012/06/19 07:13:26
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    +1
    You scare me.
  • Marcus ... Pedro D... 2012/06/19 22:24:57
  • Mel 2012/06/18 19:27:04
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    Mel
    +1
    Why do they need facial recognition on Facebook anyway?
  • Sister Jean 2012/06/18 19:22:44
    Good move
    Sister Jean
  • MarinerFH 2012/06/18 19:16:32

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