Google Buys Neven Vision

Google has made another purchase of a Southern California technology company, saying late this morning in its blog that it has acquired Neven Vision, a Santa Monica-based firm that provides image recognization software. Google said in its blog that it does not have any specific features to show off today from Neven, but that the technology could be used to automatically extract information from a photo. Google said that the technology may make it a lot easier to organize and find the photos you care about. Neven Vision was most recently focusing on mobile visual search and deploying its technology in cell phones. Current investors in Neven are Anthem Ventures, Zone Ventures, Third Wave Ventures, and NTEC, according to one of its investors. Neven's technology is similar to another competitor in the space, Riya, a firm which is focused on developing search tools for recognizing faces in photos. More information »