80 thoughts on “Google’s Riya Designs?”

  1. 40m for the first commercial face recognition software? unless they don’t have that much confidence in what they’re doing, or unless they see google on their tail… i think that would be selling out a bit soon

  2. Personally, I think Riya is the real deal. Google would be smart to snap them up, since Yahoo beat them to the punch with Flickr.

    Does anybody remember Picasa? Umm…no. Let the bidding wars begin, and more power to Munjal Shah…

    As JB would say….web 2.0, ho!

  3. Malik Bhai,
    This is certainly one of the best reports I have ever read. Riya is kewl. This was something I was expecting in Longhorn search as WinFS would be able to do it far more easily. Is Ghemwat spending sleepless nights in GoooglePlex for his next generation File System ? Eric Schmidt doesn’t know. LOL

    I have to agree that you have very good connections. Let me know if their are any stock options available to share. LOL

    By the way don’t expect any reply from GOOG. Their famous phrase is “I don’t know”. Report this to BillG and Baldy will fly down to negotiate tomorrow.

  4. Love the scoop…

    I actually wish this would go to Yahoo though since it would greatly enhance Flickr where I and many others have already invested a great deal of time with our images.

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  6. This sounds like a great new tool for searching for my favorite, ahem, stars on google image search!

    It is pretty exciting technology and I’m looking forward to playing with it.

  7. Having followed Riya’s progress somehwhat, $40 million is chump change. If it’s really $40 million, Google has made a killing. Seems like the guys were keen on GYMing than on rolling in a actual service that works. Just thinking of seeing my smiling face appearing on Google Search along with a link to my personal webpage!

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  10. This sounds like a veyr good idea for Google. I was dissapointed that Yahoo got Flickr, but this looks even better. I hope that IF they do acquire it they keep it in the same way that they have kept Blogger, Picasa and Dodgeball, i.e. not immediately rebranding it into “Google Photos”. The Google services that they have acquired and kept less integrated with the other Google services tend to be better in my opinion.

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  12. om,
    if you get a chance, check out the google service launch/stock table that i posted today. i’m going to amend it tomorrow to include acquisitions and perhaps include how much the stock jumped after each service/deal was announced. crazy times…again!

  13. Google to take on Yahoo’s Flickr .. it really does make sense if you think about it. Would probably also include some sort of integration with Picasa. Picasa only has a basic “create HTML” publishing ability, circa 1997.

    It also seems Google is now more open to the content hosting business (i.e. Google Base) so this is not too far out.

  14. Wow! This is quite an awesome piece of software Google is getting!!! They will definitely get better and better if they continue this path.

  15. The rumor is entirely unfounded. There are much much better technologies and research prototypes out there. Unless Google is misinformed or stupid, a simple site with primitive face-recognition technology can be duplicated in a couple of months.

  16. Google is always rumored to be in on the big deals (Skype, AOL) but never “wins”. Isn’t it obvious that Google would never actually go through with such a deal? Google buys tiny companies in hypergrowth stage, not huge companies on the decline.

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  19. Today itself i confirmed this news that google buying the Riya, but still it is immature what future beneath. urely it will be astonishing to see when finally the beta software turns to be full fledged product though it harness very complex calculation as it can diffrentiate between twins also.


    Aswani Chauhan

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  21. Google did not buy Riya, nor do they intend to.
    This is a well-planned publicity stunt by Riya folks, who “leaked” this rumor, and see how much attention this start-up already received…
    Their technology is not innovative at all: computer vision and face recognition have been around for many years.
    Google has tons of clever researchers and developers and does not need to buy technology they can easily develop themselves.

  22. Google doesn’t need to buy Riya… there is plenty of image recognition stuff around, for cheap, works as well or better than Riya, and 5 of Googles programmers can take these engines, and slap much better tagging and annotation features around it.

    Google is not stupid… due diligence in this area will show up much better and mature technology.

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