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Google Acquires Facial Recognition Company
Posted By Sonya Donaldson On July 27, 2011 @ 11:43 am In Apps,Data Security,Internet and Online Business | 3 Comments
Back in the 1980s, comedian Billy Crystal, in a Fernando Lamas impression, crooned, “Just looking into your eyes, darling, I can tell you have the legs of a dancer.” That was then. Now, what information will your social connections be able to glean from a picture of your face? Google  might have some ideas.
Although the company earlier claimed it has no interest in facial recognition technology, Google has purchased Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition  (PittPatt), which develops, er, facial recognition technology. The news comes as a bit of a surprise, since Google had earlier shelved plans to release a smartphone app for just that. Google Goggles would have let users access personal information through photos of people’s faces, notes TG Daily’s Emma Wollacott.
Why the about-face? According to PittPatt, the move is a “natural fit” for Google, since “computer vision technology” is at the core of many of the company’s products.
In a Google+ world, this is, indeed, interesting.
Read more at TG Daily .
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 Google: http://www.google.com/about/corporate/company/
 Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition: http://www.pittpatt.com/
 TG Daily: http://www.tgdaily.com/business-and-law-features/57446-google-snaps-up-facial-recognition-firm
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