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(BBC-US)   Facebook buys Face.com for an estimated $60 million. Book.com looks around expectantly   (bbc.com) divider line 41
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2012-06-19 09:51:47 AM  
Coming next: you will be autotagged in every picture they think you are in, regardless of whether or not it is really you, or if your Facebook account is active. I've been off FB for over a year and I will probably be re-tagged in every pic I manually untagged before I disabled my account.
 
2012-06-19 09:53:01 AM  

H31N0US: Coming next: you will be autotagged in every picture they think you are in, regardless of whether or not it is really you, or if your Facebook account is active. I've been off FB for over a year and I will probably be re-tagged in every pic I manually untagged before I disabled my account.


Yup.
 
2012-06-19 09:54:33 AM  
I hope they're expanding into Sweden soon. I've been holding onto Facebork.com for years.
 
2012-06-19 09:56:30 AM  
There is nothing attractive about that face recognition feature.

Is there any way I can copyright my face? Or maybe the dimensions of it?
 
2012-06-19 09:59:05 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: There is nothing attractive about that face recognition feature.

Is there any way I can copyright my face? Or maybe the dimensions of it?


Dunno, but you should ask your parents first.
 
2012-06-19 10:00:11 AM  

traylor: HotWingConspiracy: There is nothing attractive about that face recognition feature.

Is there any way I can copyright my face? Or maybe the dimensions of it?

Dunno, but you should ask your parents first.


They gave up any claims years ago.
 
2012-06-19 10:02:11 AM  
I work for book.com and I am not getting a Like out of these replies.
 
2012-06-19 10:03:04 AM  
Is facebook still here? I thought it would have imploded under its own weight by now.
 
2012-06-19 10:06:22 AM  
Man, they can't throw their money away fast enough, can they?
 
2012-06-19 10:08:36 AM  

DirkTheDaring: Man, they can't throw their money away fast enough, can they?


They have to go into acquisition mode to prop up the ridiculous opening price. Sitting still would devalue the stock further.
 
2012-06-19 10:09:48 AM  
Farcebook.
 
2012-06-19 10:11:42 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: There is nothing attractive about that face recognition feature.

Is there any way I can copyright my face? Or maybe the dimensions of it?


Sounds like makeup is in your future:

www.blogcdn.com
 
2012-06-19 10:14:39 AM  
Why didn't they just apply for .fb or .facebook or something when the whole TLD extravaganza was happening last week?

Link
 
2012-06-19 10:27:13 AM  
Woohoo, my face-altering software is going to make me a FORTUNE!
 
2012-06-19 10:30:53 AM  
And this folks - is the beginning of the end for Facebook. Good riddance. It was bad enough having people upload and tag me in pictures I didn't want, now Facebook is going to do it automatically? Facebook free for 2 years now and loving it.
 
2012-06-19 10:31:07 AM  
Ty Subby, I lol'd
 
2012-06-19 10:31:37 AM  
We had an article a while back about some chick who used makeup and such to look like a Barbie.

It'd be amusing to see what the facial recognition software would think of her. It'd probably tag pictures of blowup dolls.
 
2012-06-19 10:34:37 AM  
Step 1) Register ceboo.com.
Step 2) Wait.
Step 3) Profit.
 
2012-06-19 10:38:52 AM  
Call me when they buy facef**k.com. Then things'll be interesting.
 
2012-06-19 10:47:36 AM  
because ba.com would have cost a lot more

/pities the fool
 
2012-06-19 11:33:56 AM  
People laughed when I didn't sign up for an account in 2005 or whatever. They thought I was paranoid. They thought this thing was awesome, and that there is no ill intention to catalog the personal information of as many people as possible. They didn't seem to think that facebook could be the single most important law enforcement tool since the advent of computing.

Questions, anyone? Or can we all agree that the CIA, FBI, NSA, and DHS all seriously vested interested in this tool?
 
2012-06-19 12:06:55 PM  
I'm still waiting for someone to snatch up www.wwwdotcom.com.

/It's the last page on the internet.
 
2012-06-19 12:10:06 PM  

BeesNuts: People laughed when I didn't sign up for an account in 2005 or whatever. They thought I was paranoid. They thought this thing was awesome, and that there is no ill intention to catalog the personal information of as many people as possible. They didn't seem to think that facebook could be the single most important law enforcement tool since the advent of computing.

Questions, anyone? Or can we all agree that the CIA, FBI, NSA, and DHS all seriously vested interested in this tool?


I'm pretty sure I saw a Facebook logo on the unmanned drone flying over your house yesterday.
 
2012-06-19 12:15:55 PM  
Too late, Facebook. The technology to beat this has been around since 1987...

i332.photobucket.com


/zero defects
 
2012-06-19 12:17:08 PM  
Facial recognition technology scares me....
Imagine if the real identity of every person ever to appear nude on the internet could be easily found.

No chicks would want to pose naked again.

I mean, once upon a time, a girlfriend of mine and I swapped nude pics of her with another couple via email. We, of course, didn't tell them anything about our real selves, and they didn't tell us their real identities, either.

HOWEVER, if one could easily run some of those pics through some online facial recognition service that indexes crap from, say, Facebook, then it would be possible to track down just about anyone whose image you have seen.

The amateur porn industry would die pretty quickly, as folks who do that kind of thing for fun would be too paranoid about getting harassed, fired, killed, etc....

I think I'm starting to hate/fear Facebook.
 
2012-06-19 12:27:59 PM  

doczoidberg: Facial recognition technology scares me....
Imagine if the real identity of every person ever to appear nude on the internet could be easily found.

No chicks would want to pose naked again.

I mean, once upon a time, a girlfriend of mine and I swapped nude pics of her with another couple via email. We, of course, didn't tell them anything about our real selves, and they didn't tell us their real identities, either.

HOWEVER, if one could easily run some of those pics through some online facial recognition service that indexes crap from, say, Facebook, then it would be possible to track down just about anyone whose image you have seen.

The amateur porn industry would die pretty quickly, as folks who do that kind of thing for fun would be too paranoid about getting harassed, fired, killed, etc....

I think I'm starting to hate/fear Facebook.


Mom?
Dad?

Oh God, no!
 
2012-06-19 12:34:24 PM  
Your face is the number of the beast! - J.R. "Bob" Ddobbs
 
2012-06-19 12:35:58 PM  

coldones: BeesNuts: People laughed when I didn't sign up for an account in 2005 or whatever. They thought I was paranoid. They thought this thing was awesome, and that there is no ill intention to catalog the personal information of as many people as possible. They didn't seem to think that facebook could be the single most important law enforcement tool since the advent of computing.

Questions, anyone? Or can we all agree that the CIA, FBI, NSA, and DHS all seriously vested interested in this tool?

I'm pretty sure I saw a Facebook logo on the unmanned drone flying over your house yesterday.


Whatever, I think of people who maintain FB accounts as the fat kids during a bear attack. Ya'll can be the canary in the coal mine for me. Lemme know how that works out, meanwhile I'll continue not providing a continuous stream of my associations, activities, locations, opinions, and demographic information to anyone with the compunction to ask.
 
2012-06-19 12:47:03 PM  
I'm always hitting ENTER after i type f-a-c-e into my address bar expecting facebook to pop up automatically, but instead, I wind up at face.com. This acquisition is of interest to me.
 
2012-06-19 01:05:43 PM  

BeesNuts: coldones: BeesNuts: People laughed when I didn't sign up for an account in 2005 or whatever. They thought I was paranoid. They thought this thing was awesome, and that there is no ill intention to catalog the personal information of as many people as possible. They didn't seem to think that facebook could be the single most important law enforcement tool since the advent of computing.

Questions, anyone? Or can we all agree that the CIA, FBI, NSA, and DHS all seriously vested interested in this tool?

I'm pretty sure I saw a Facebook logo on the unmanned drone flying over your house yesterday.

Whatever, I think of people who maintain FB accounts as the fat kids during a bear attack. Ya'll can be the canary in the coal mine for me. Lemme know how that works out, meanwhile I'll continue not providing a continuous stream of my associations, activities, locations, opinions, and demographic information to anyone with the compunction to ask.


I was just trying to make stupid joke. I don't have a Facebook either. BUT, what if these pilotless drones are linked up with Facebook and they could fly over some event and recognize most of the people there by face? That would be kind of creepy, but also a good premise for a metal or punk song.
 
2012-06-19 01:07:34 PM  

doczoidberg: Facial recognition technology scares me....
Imagine if the real identity of every person ever to appear nude on the internet could be easily found.

No chicks would want to pose naked again.

I mean, once upon a time, a girlfriend of mine and I swapped nude pics of her with another couple via email. We, of course, didn't tell them anything about our real selves, and they didn't tell us their real identities, either.

HOWEVER, if one could easily run some of those pics through some online facial recognition service that indexes crap from, say, Facebook, then it would be possible to track down just about anyone whose image you have seen.

The amateur porn industry would die pretty quickly, as folks who do that kind of thing for fun would be too paranoid about getting harassed, fired, killed, etc....

I think I'm starting to hate/fear Facebook.


The smart girls already leave their face out of their nudes.

Now when vagina recognition tech hits, then your nightmares will be realized.
 
2012-06-19 01:10:57 PM  
Dammit, sucks.com is taken. That would have been the next one.
 
2012-06-19 01:42:09 PM  

coldones: BeesNuts: coldones: BeesNuts: People laughed when I didn't sign up for an account in 2005 or whatever. They thought I was paranoid. They thought this thing was awesome, and that there is no ill intention to catalog the personal information of as many people as possible. They didn't seem to think that facebook could be the single most important law enforcement tool since the advent of computing.

Questions, anyone? Or can we all agree that the CIA, FBI, NSA, and DHS all seriously vested interested in this tool?

I'm pretty sure I saw a Facebook logo on the unmanned drone flying over your house yesterday.

Whatever, I think of people who maintain FB accounts as the fat kids during a bear attack. Ya'll can be the canary in the coal mine for me. Lemme know how that works out, meanwhile I'll continue not providing a continuous stream of my associations, activities, locations, opinions, and demographic information to anyone with the compunction to ask.

I was just trying to make stupid joke. I don't have a Facebook either. BUT, what if these pilotless drones are linked up with Facebook and they could fly over some event and recognize most of the people there by face? That would be kind of creepy, but also a good premise for a metal or punk song.


Also a good premise for one of these:

i.qkme.me
 
2012-06-19 02:04:36 PM  

coldones: BeesNuts: coldones: BeesNuts: People laughed when I didn't sign up for an account in 2005 or whatever. They thought I was paranoid. They thought this thing was awesome, and that there is no ill intention to catalog the personal information of as many people as possible. They didn't seem to think that facebook could be the single most important law enforcement tool since the advent of computing.

Questions, anyone? Or can we all agree that the CIA, FBI, NSA, and DHS all seriously vested interested in this tool?

I'm pretty sure I saw a Facebook logo on the unmanned drone flying over your house yesterday.

Whatever, I think of people who maintain FB accounts as the fat kids during a bear attack. Ya'll can be the canary in the coal mine for me. Lemme know how that works out, meanwhile I'll continue not providing a continuous stream of my associations, activities, locations, opinions, and demographic information to anyone with the compunction to ask.

I was just trying to make stupid joke. I don't have a Facebook either. BUT, what if these pilotless drones are linked up with Facebook and they could fly over some event and recognize most of the people there by face? That would be kind of creepy, but also a good premise for a metal or punk song.


Indeed. I know how it sounds when I doom-say about FB. Tinfoil on:
The venture capitalist firm that financed Facebook's initial implementation was operated by a former CIA agent, right around the time that we were "modernizing our law enforcement capabilities" by "allowing all the necessary information to be disseminated to all appropriate departments."

Adspace isn't worth over 100 billion dollars, but you know what is? The information.
Tinfoil off.

/I laughed at your joke before replying, fwiw.
//Might even been an audible chuckle involved!
 
2012-06-19 04:20:36 PM  

BeesNuts: People laughed when I didn't sign up for an account in 2005 or whatever. They thought I was paranoid. They thought this thing was awesome, and that there is no ill intention to catalog the personal information of as many people as possible. They didn't seem to think that facebook could be the single most important law enforcement tool since the advent of computing.

Questions, anyone? Or can we all agree that the CIA, FBI, NSA, and DHS all seriously vested interested in this tool?


See, the problem starts when you begin by saying how you never have signed up...and then go on and talk like you know jack about it. For your info, you can very easily turn on tag approval which makes it so you OK anything that goes on there. But don't let that stop you from tightening your tin foil..
 
2012-06-19 04:22:06 PM  

Karne: BeesNuts: People laughed when I didn't sign up for an account in 2005 or whatever. They thought I was paranoid. They thought this thing was awesome, and that there is no ill intention to catalog the personal information of as many people as possible. They didn't seem to think that facebook could be the single most important law enforcement tool since the advent of computing.

Questions, anyone? Or can we all agree that the CIA, FBI, NSA, and DHS all seriously vested interested in this tool?

See, the problem starts when you begin by saying how you never have signed up...and then go on and talk like you know jack about it. For your info, you can very easily turn on tag approval which makes it so you OK anything that goes on there. But don't let that stop you from tightening your tin foil..


One could make the point that because most people don't do that the quantity of information is still quite grand. I'm not making that point right now, but one could.
 
2012-06-19 04:26:45 PM  

Wangiss: Karne: BeesNuts: People laughed when I didn't sign up for an account in 2005 or whatever. They thought I was paranoid. They thought this thing was awesome, and that there is no ill intention to catalog the personal information of as many people as possible. They didn't seem to think that facebook could be the single most important law enforcement tool since the advent of computing.

Questions, anyone? Or can we all agree that the CIA, FBI, NSA, and DHS all seriously vested interested in this tool?

See, the problem starts when you begin by saying how you never have signed up...and then go on and talk like you know jack about it. For your info, you can very easily turn on tag approval which makes it so you OK anything that goes on there. But don't let that stop you from tightening your tin foil..

One could make the point that because most people don't do that the quantity of information is still quite grand. I'm not making that point right now, but one could.


Oh yeah, people shove all their information onto Facebook, no doubt. My point is that hardcore criminals like BeesNuts that are trying to keep from getting caught from all their way gnarly super cyber crimes would know to turn that on if they were using it.
 
2012-06-19 04:30:34 PM  

Karne: Wangiss: Karne: BeesNuts: People laughed when I didn't sign up for an account in 2005 or whatever. They thought I was paranoid. They thought this thing was awesome, and that there is no ill intention to catalog the personal information of as many people as possible. They didn't seem to think that facebook could be the single most important law enforcement tool since the advent of computing.

Questions, anyone? Or can we all agree that the CIA, FBI, NSA, and DHS all seriously vested interested in this tool?

See, the problem starts when you begin by saying how you never have signed up...and then go on and talk like you know jack about it. For your info, you can very easily turn on tag approval which makes it so you OK anything that goes on there. But don't let that stop you from tightening your tin foil..

One could make the point that because most people don't do that the quantity of information is still quite grand. I'm not making that point right now, but one could.

Oh yeah, people shove all their information onto Facebook, no doubt. My point is that hardcore criminals like BeesNuts that are trying to keep from getting caught from all their way gnarly super cyber crimes would know to turn that on if they were using it.


fbzyngablog.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-19 05:53:20 PM  
%6 of their 2011 net. They wanted that domain name pretty badly.
 
2012-06-19 10:52:34 PM  

coldones: BeesNuts: People laughed when I didn't sign up for an account in 2005 or whatever. They thought I was paranoid. They thought this thing was awesome, and that there is no ill intention to catalog the personal information of as many people as possible. They didn't seem to think that facebook could be the single most important law enforcement tool since the advent of computing.

Questions, anyone? Or can we all agree that the CIA, FBI, NSA, and DHS all seriously vested interested in this tool?

I'm pretty sure I saw a Facebook logo on the unmanned drone flying over your house yesterday.


there is a YouTube explaining FB and the largest consumers of FB data. it gets scary when they show who the peoples in charge Used to work for. FB is a never-ending bukkake stream of hot gooey personal data shooting all over Big Brothers face.
 
2012-06-19 11:58:46 PM  
TFA: "The terms of the deal are not known, but Reuters quotes estimates of $55-60m"

Hmm. So, a company with actual, tangible, unique technology sells for a whopping 6% of what FB paid for Instagram, a fluff app that doesn't functionally do anything that Facebook wasn't already capable of. Awesome.
 
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