It's Official: Google Acquires Like.com It’s official. Google has acquired Like.com. In a post on Like.com’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 Like.com 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 Like.com 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, Like.com operated its visual search engine and then went on to launch a number of smaller sites devotes to fashion and e-commerce.
Parlemento.com — 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".
World News BBC News 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
Accueil 'Dead' baby escapes cremation at funeral parlour in China Updated Fri 22 Nov 2013, 1:43am AEDT A Chinese baby boy who had been declared dead was saved from being cremated alive when he started crying at a funeral parlour. The parents of the critically-ill boy, who was less than one month old, had agreed to end his medical treatment at Anhui Provincial Children's Hospital in eastern China, hospital sources told the Xinhua state news agency. A death certificate was issued before the baby was sent to an undertakers in Hefei, the provincial capital, but staff there were alerted to the situation when the baby started crying. It was unclear how long he had been at the funeral parlour, or when his cremation had been due. The baby was immediately sent back to the hospital, the Beijing News reported. "Because the baby still had life signs, we continued to give him transfusion to maintain his life for humanitarian reasons," a hospital staff member said. The baby was born with a "congenital respiratory system malformation", reports said.