What I find most interesting about this article, is that Facebook has been using this software for a long time to tag your photos. What it seems is that by taking over Facebook will be able to further develop the mobile side of things which is apparently more difficult.

In the end my friends, it brings us one step closer to big brother. Face.com is one company and I am sure Google and Microsoft will come out with there own.

Interestingly enough, I caught a few minutes of a re-run of the show Las Vegas yesterday, although this show is several years old they showed how a computer program could identify a person by their movements if their faces were concealed. Think about that for one second, everything we use today was first used by the Military and Police before it was available to the public. Something to thing about.

Anyway that was my take on this situation the full article can be found on this link ——————–

Facebook Acquires Israeli Facial Recognition Company

By SOMINI SENGUPTA

Facebook, the largest repository of pictures anywhere and at any time in history, has acquired an Israeli company, called face.com, that makes facial recognition technology. Neither company disclosed the sale price nor the other terms of the deal.

It is not entirely unexpected. Facebook has used the Israeli company for two years to identify and “tag” who is who on the social network. Face.com’s last product was an application that allows users to click a picture of their Facebook “friends” and tag it automatically before posting it on Facebook; for now, it works only on the iPhone.

That alone is alluring for Facebook: Its users upload 300 million pictures a day at last count, but identifying pictures of Facebook friends on mobile devices, which is the next frontier for Facebook, is not as easy as it is on computers.

Facebook’s short term future, particularly on Wall Street, depends in large part on how it takes advantage of cellphones and tablets – and how it spins money from one of its singular assets: pictures of babies, weddings, vacations and parties.

Face.com’s technology is designed not only  to identify individuals but also their gender and age.

“By working with Facebook directly, and joining their team, we’ll have more opportunities to build amazing products that will be employed by consumers – that’s all we’ve ever wanted to do,” the company said in a blog post on Monday morning.

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