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Why Google Decided to Create Its Own Facial-Recognition Privacy Problem

Why Google Decided to Create Its Own Facial-Recognition Privacy Problem
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It's Official: Google Acquires It’s official. Google has acquired In a post on’s homepage, the company’s CEO and Founder Munjal Shah writes that the visual search engine has been bought by Google. We originally reported the acquisition last weekend. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, we’ve heard it’s valued at upwards of $100 million. Shah’s message doesn’t really give us any hints as to what Google will be doing with but he alludes to the fact that he (and his team) will continue to work on visual search and cross-matching in e-commerce for the search giant. The history behind and Google is complicated. In 2009, Riya was shut down, but the company had already refocused its efforts on ecommerce – using the Riya core technology to let people search visually by seeing images that are similar to other images. From the product standpoint, operated its visual search engine and then went on to launch a number of smaller sites devotes to fashion and e-commerce.

The Top 25 Which news providers make it in among the top 25 for total U.S. traffic? While the raw figures for visitors vary from one metrics firm to the next (Nielsen’s unique visitors numbers are often much smaller than those of the ratings agency comScore, for example, and both rely mainly on home-based traffic rather than work-based, which may undercount total news consumption) the list and rank of top sites remains relatively consistent across measuring companies. In that mix, based on Nielsen’s data, legacy news organizations (those attached to a news operation that is in another platform such as television or print) account for about two-thirds of the top 25 sites (17 in all). Online-only ventures, split between pure aggregators and those that produce some original content and engage also in aggregation, account for the remaining third (eight sites in all). See the full list of most trafficked news sites. — L'agence de presse des minorités Brazil Fails to Bury Bad Amazon Deforestation Figures Deforestated area of the Amazon rainforest, where mass tree felling has risen 28% in a year (Reuters) The Brazilian government tried to bury bad news about an alarming rise in deforestation of the Amazon by releasing the figures on a public holiday, critics have claimed. The figures showed a 28% rise in the rate of deforestation in just 12 months but the data was published when most Brazilians were celebrating Republic Proclamation Day. The data showed that an area of rainforest the size of Devon was flattened in just a matter of months. Richard George, forest campaigner at Greenpeace, told IBTimes UK: "This is not the image which Brazil wants to be giving out to the world, especially with the football World Cup coming to the country in under a year's time. "It is not a good time for this to be happening. Fuelling the increase in deforestation was the appetite of politicians for surging economic growth to transform Brazil into the world's new "bread basket".

The Non-Innovators Guide to Business Innovation | BNET Last Updated Oct 27, 2011 9:36 AM EDT Trying to be innovative feels, at least for most people, nearly impossible. Don't believe me? Go ahead. Be innovative. Step away and think of something new and different. Back already? Since creativity isn't a switch the vast majority of us can turn on at will, the key to being innovative is to view a problem from a different perspective. Here are eight easy ways to create and flip your own innovation switch: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. I've told this story before but it's worth repeating. 7. 8. Related: Photo courtesy flickr user acaben , CC 2.0 © 2011 CBS Interactive Inc..

Google Not Planning To Release Mobile Face Recognition: Update Contrary to what I reported earlier based on a seemingly very credible CNN report, Google is not planning to release a version of its mobile app Goggles with face recognition technology. Google has had the capability for several years but so far refrained from putting it out in the world other than on Picasa. I spoke to Google at some length and a spokesperson said that the CNN piece was based on totally inaccurate conjuncture. That speculation was in turn based on an interview with a Google engineer Hartmut Neven taken out of context. The Google spokesperson said that Google wouldn’t put out facial recognition in a mobile app unless there were very strict privacy controls in place. The CNN article appeared to address that very subject with discussion of an “opt-in” system. Google made the following statement: “As we’ve said for over a year, we won’t add face recognition to Goggles unless we can figure out a strong privacy model for it. Related Entries

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