In a new post, Three Key Things Google Is Doing While We Focus on Google+, Steve Rubel at Edelman points to some interesting evidence that Google is really starting to get social:
Although Rubel doesn’t mention it, there’s another recent Google acquisition that fits nicely in this context. Facebook now uses automated facial recognition to suggest people who might be your “friends”, so it’s no surprise that Google is keeping pace by acquiring PittPatt (Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition) a Carnegie-Mellon spin-off with innovative tools for identifying people in photos and videos. It’s well along in solving the technical issues; now it must grapple with the privacy implications.
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