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Wednesday, 16th September 2009

Acquisition Time: Google Captures reCAPTCHA to Assist with Book Scanning

From the Article:

Google has acquired ReCaptcha, one of those companies behind the distorted text boxes at the bottom of many Web site sign-in pages.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Google plans to use ReCaptcha's technology both as a security measure within certain Google sites and to make its massive book-scanning project a little smarter, the company said in a blog post. ReCaptcha is an offshoot of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, and puts a twist on the traditional captcha: a string of letters in squiggly text meant to confuse spam bots and other nonhuman Web pests.

Source: News.com

See Also: What is reCAPTCHA? (via reCAPTCHA Web Site

See Also: To Learn More About the Technology Read:
reCAPTCHA: Human-Based Character Recognition via Web Security Measures (4 pages;PDF)
Source: Science (August, 2008)
Supporting Materials (3 pages; PDF)

See Also: Official Google Blog Post about Acquisition


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