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Google close to striking buyout deal with facial recognition company Viewdle

Google close to striking buyout deal with facial recognition company Viewdle

Facial recognition seems to be all the rage these (depending on who you ask, at least), and now it seems that Google wants a slice of that pie. CNET is reporting that the big G has almost closed on a deal to buy facial recognition firm Viewdle, and that the buyout could close sometime this week. Google has reportedly been working for a year to purchase Viewdle, and if that's true, then its clear that Google really wants to add Viewdle's facial recognition technology to its portfolio.

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Facebook questioned over facial recognition

Facebook questioned over facial recognition

Facebook might be hoping to bolster its facial recognition features thanks to its purchase of Face.com, but US senators are drilling the company about the specifics. Senator Al Franken questioned Facebook about how the company is telling users about the face scanning feature, saying that it was far too difficult to find a notice on the social networking website that explicitly says facial recognition technology is being used.

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Facebook’s $100M Face.com deal official

Facebook’s $100M Face.com deal official

Facebook and Face.com have finally made an official announcement regarding their much rumored acquisition deal after nearly a month of speculation. The two companies did not disclose the cost of the deal, but insider sources previously revealed that the deal should cost Facebook about $100 million.

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Facebook’s Face.com buy confirmed

Facebook’s Face.com buy confirmed

Facebook is definitely buying Face.com, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. Rumors of the deal quickly spread following Facebook's IPO and it's believed that the two companies have been in talks for quite some time. Sources expect the deal to be around $100 million and that lawyers are currently hammering out the details.

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Facebook tipped for Face.com purchase

Facebook tipped for Face.com purchase

Facebook seems to be on top of the world lately, with a massive IPO and huge media buzz surrounding the company. Several rumors have also cropped up over the last few weeks of potential acquisitions, and there’s a new one to add to the list. This time Facebook is tipped to buy Face.com, a facial recognition service. The price for the buyout it said to be between $80 million and $100 million.

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Apple files for iOS face detection patent

Apple files for iOS face detection patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office has just published a patent application today from Apple that reveals the company's plans for implementing face recognition and presence detection technology. Apple intends to implement the technology in iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as in its MacBook laptop computers.

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Police push face recognition in anti-rioter campaign, but DIY effort shutters

Police push face recognition in anti-rioter campaign, but DIY effort shutters

Attempts to use facial recognition technology to identify looters involved in the UK riots last week have proved mixed, with security forces pushing forward with the software while an unofficial project has shut down due to inaccuracy of matches. The official software - being tested for the 2012 Olympics, among other events - is being used to identify potential suspects yet to be detained, the UK police told CBSNews; however, a Face-based app that might have allowed Facebook users to flag up those responsible has been axed.

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Facebook Privacy Practices Under Fire In Germany

Facebook Privacy Practices Under Fire In Germany

Germany's not the place to mess around with internet privacy issues. And the latest to come under fire is Facebook for its facial recognition feature that helps users to quickly identify and tag friends in photos. A German privacy official today has accused Facebook of using the facial recognition technology in a way that is in violation of German and European privacy laws.

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