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Hard at play in Google Labs with Similar Images and Google News Timeline April 21, 2009

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At Google, we are constantly researching, designing, and brainstorming about the next big idea, and when we think we’ve found something compelling, we often use our “20-percent time” to build a working version. […]

In keeping with our long-standing tradition of bringing new ideas to our users early in the development process, we’re proud to welcome two new innovations to Google Labs: Similar Images and Google News Timeline. […]
Similar Images

Image Search is a tool you can use to find just about any kind of image, but it can sometimes be difficult to find the right image if you can’t describe it in words. The new Similar Images feature was developed with just this in mind. […]

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Is Twitter Search Feature a Threat to Google? April 6, 2009

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Twitter is adding a search feature to its main page, fulfilling an announcement it made in February, in a quest for potential profitability. Whether or not Twitter is looking to challenge Google in some aspect of the search arena, the question still remains of how useful Twitter will eventually prove to be as an enterprise application. […]

The company has had a search function for some time at search.twitter.com, but only began putting a search box on a growing number of users’ pages starting March 6. Twitter has also included a “Trends” menu where users can see the subjects currently generating the most online traffic (such as “Watchmen movie”).

The move promises to increase competition with Facebook and Google, which have been trying to strengthen their search and social networking capabilities. […]

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For Affine Systems, Video Search Is a Start March 19, 2009

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Affine Systems is a startup whose approach to video search isn’t just about the results, it’s also about what’s after that. The company wants you to find what you are looking for, but then bucket those results in a way that will lead you to discover and watch more videos. […]

Similar to VideoSurf, Affine uses facial and object recognition to find what you are looking for. When you search for George Clooney, you get a number of videos featuring the movie star, but then Affine goes one step further to break down and bucket other results based on what it thinks you might be interested in from that search. So Affine can recognize Clooney and Matt Lauer’s face and know that it’s an interview they did and point you to that. Or it can recognize a CNN logo on-screen for any news clips featuring Clooney on that news network.

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