Niall Kennedy reports that, according to sources in the company, Google has bought Riya, a company that makes facial recognition technology. Of course, Niall puts a question mark in his post title, so he seems to be contradicting himself. Let us examine:
Google purchasing Riya?
Photo service Riya has been acquired by Google for close to $40 million according to sources involved with the company. Riya uses face recognition technology to identify people in photos. The system can also recognize text such as street signs. Google likes using algorithms to solve complex problems, so the acquisition seems like a good fit. Om Malik has done some additional digging on the deal’s details.
The article seems to say that the deal has already happened, with certainty, but the title says “I’m not sure, its unconfirmed”. Given that Om, who reported this first (and I linked to in my del.icio.us links earlier), links to Niall’s post and says, ” Niall thinks the price is going to be $40 million,” methinks Niall needs to think a little more carefully how he words posts that are likely to be scrutinized for detail.
Maybe this is one of those cases where mainstream media’s practice of waiting for confirmation before reporting anything as being beyond rumor is exactly the proper way to report a story. Maybe? Definitely.