After being acquired by Facebook, the facial-recognition service Face.com–a local hackathon favorite–shuts down its developers API. Too bad the company promised the exact opposite a few weeks ago. [The Next Web]
Speaking of outlawing clients, Dave Winer thinks Twitter’s API is looking mighty corporate. [Scripting News]
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Apps sure are fun, but you’ve got to watch where you’re leaving your Facebook Connect login credentials. Even the legit ones aren’t 100 percent foolproof.
For example: Just this week, Facebook acquired Israeli facial recognition startup Face.com for $100 million or thereabouts. So we’re not talking about some sloppy teenager throwing together Angry Birds ripoffs–and Read More
After rumors all but confirmed it, Face.com, the Israeli facial recognition startup, finally acknowledged on its blog today that the company has been acquired by Facebook. TechCrunch’s sources estimate that the acquisition price was between $80 million and $100 million, the same figure circulated that month in the Israeli press. The deal was reportedly not part of an acqui-hire to bring Face.com’s staff into the fold, but rather centered around leveraging the company’s technology to help Facebook with mobile photos.
In fact, for the first deployment of its technology, Face.com released an app called KLIK that let users tag Facebook friends in real-time by scanning public photos in your social network and suggesting tags for friends. Once Face.com’s technology is embedded in Facebook, users would theoretically be able get suggestions and tag friends with one click. Read More
In the Venn diagram between techies and Terminator 2 fans, we’re guessing the overlap is oh, let’s say 100.00 percent. But a new iPhone app built by Silicon Alley’s Rich Cameron and Haris Amin might be the first time the two have officially merged.
Cyborg Vision, which made its App Store debut for the iPhone and iPad 2 this morning, uses the Face.com API and Facebook to let see the world around you like a cyborg assassin sent from the future. Its best trick is actually recognizing your Facebook friends and returning a red-screen in real time with their Facebook data that would make Skynet proud. Mr. Cameron and Mr. Amin, who both work at the health and fitness app DailyBurn, first developed the concept at the video hack day, where the app took first prize. They then spent weekends getting it Apple-ready. Read More
The joy of a hack day is the time constraint, the 24-hour crunch that forces coders to get creative and make hard decisions about how much they can really accomplish. At Aviary’s photo hack day yesterday, a very well-attended event that produced over 40 hacks and oodles of prizes, the most used API was from Face.com, an Israeli start-up working on facial recognition.
Connecting to their API allowed a hack to identify Facebook friends and even chart their faces across five emotions (happy, sad, angry surprised, neutral), adding emotional and social depth to projects built on short notice. Read More