TechCrunch reports that Guy Grimland of Israeli business newspaper TheMarker has published two articles this morning about a rumored partnership between the world’s biggest social network Facebook and Face.com.
The first article says that Face.com rejected an acquisition offer worth ‘tens of millions of dollars’ whereas the second article claims that Face.com is powering Facebook Photos’ facial recognition functionality, which has prominently been upgraded in the past few months however there was no indication of the involvement of a third party, in this case, Face.com
The second rumor regarding Face.com powering Facebook’s facial recognition functionality is quite interesting and is concrete enough for a sensible person to even read it twice. Here are the reasons:
Primarily, Face.com’s facial recognition algorithms are top-notch. It was nearly two years ago when the company was launched and since then it has gained popularity for its quality facial recognition alogrithim. Moreover, from a technology standpoint Face.com’s has the ability to provide facial recognition economically on a massive scale, no doubt making it one of the best things about this company.
So Facebook, which has a mammoth user base, would obviously look for an economical way when providing this service to its hundreds of millions of users, something which Face.com and do on both terms, massive scale and economically.
However Gil Hirsch CEO, Face.com has declined to comment on both claims.