Thursday, December 16, 2010

We're about five years from Facebook killing us in orbit around Jupiter

Facebook announced on Wednesday that it would launch facial-recognition technology that identifies people in uploaded photos and suggests tags, reports AFP. The technology will be rolled out in coming weeks, with Facebook engineers claiming it will save time. "Now if you upload pictures from your cousin's wedding, we'll group together pictures of the bride and suggest her name," read a Facebook blog post announcing the move. "Instead of typing her name 64 times, all you'll need to do is click 'Save' to tag all of your cousin's pictures at once." The feature actually enhances privacy, say Facebook staff. "Tagging is actually really important for control, because every time a tag is created it means that there was a photo of you on the Internet that you didn't know about," Facebook Vice President of Product Chris Cox told CNET. "Once you know that, you can remove the tag, or you can promote it to your friends, or you can write the person and say, 'I'm not that psyched about this photo.'" Those who object to automatic tagging can disable the feature

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