All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis


Facebook to buy facial-recognition startup Face.com

18 Jun 2012
Faecbook website frontpage

Facebook has confirmed plans to buy Face.com, aiming to bolster its photo service's facial recognition features.

The company claimed that the deal will make it easier for Facebook users to share and handle photos.

"People who use Facebook enjoy sharing photos and memories with their friends, and Face.com's technology has helped to provide the best photo experience," a Facebook spokesperson told V3.

"This transaction simply brings a world-class team and a long-time technology vendor in house."

Face.com's technology scans newly uploaded photos, comparing the faces to those in previous pictures. The service then attempts to match faces them and suggest name tags to the user.

Neither company has divulged how much the deal will cost Facebook, nor when it will complete.

Prior to the acquisition Facebook announced it would be purchasing photo sharing service Instagram for $1bn. The company has since released its own photo sharing app following reported delays with the deal.

Facebook's facial recognition features have caused privacy concerns among users and rights groups in the past.

On Monday, the company reached a settlement with five users of its site that were angry their images had been used within adverts without their explicit permission. The settlement saw Facebook pledge $10m to charity.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
Alastair Stevenson
About

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

View Alastair's Google+ profile

More on Social Networking
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus
Poll

BYOD vs CYOD vs BYOC poll

Which approach is your firm taking to managing employees' mobile devices?
21%
13%
4%
21%
31%
10%

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet powered by Android KitKat 4.4

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet video

We take a look at the lightweight, waterproof tablet

Updating your subscription status Loading
Newsletters

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button
hpv33

Data protection: the key challenges

Deduplication is a foundational technology for efficient backup and recovery

rdc2

iPad makes its mark in the enterprise

The iPad can become a supercharged unified communications endpoint, allowing users to enhance their productivity

Software Development Engineer

Develop: Customise: Configure. Maximise your technical...

Internship – Modeling computational complexity of DSP algorithms

Internship – Modeling computational complexity of DSP...

Software Developer

Do you consider yourself a good programmer and get a...

iOS / OS X Software Engineer

Location: Wroclaw Join the leader in entertainment...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.