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Posted August 27, 2013
Yahoo has bought image search specialty startup IQ Engines to add the company's technology to its Flickr photo service

Yahoo has bought image search specialty startup IQ Engines to add the company’s technology to its Flickr photo service

Yahoo on Monday confirmed that it has bought image search specialty startup IQ Engines to add the company’s technology to its Flickr photo service.

“IQ Engines is joining the Flickr team at Yahoo,” the startup said in a message at its website.

“As longtime Flickr fans and fellow photography enthusiasts, we look forward to working on improving photo organization and search for the community.”

IQ Engines is known for software that analyzes, sorts, and categorizes images using techniques including facial recognition.

In May, Yahoo unveiled a dusted-off design of its Flickr photo platform with chief executive Marissa Mayer saying her goal was to make the online service “awesome again.”

Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo has been on a buying spree since Mayer became chief last year with a mission to revive the withering Internet pioneer.

The list of more than 20 acquisitions includes Qwiki, a New York operation behind an application that converts video and pictures on iPhones into sharable movie clips complete with music soundtracks.

Read more at: Phys.org

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