SiliconBeat reports that Riya will expand to a web image search service. Currently, Riya allows you to upload a photo, define the photo as matching a particular person and then it tries to scan other photos to figure out if other photos in your collecton match that person, using face recognition. Riya is expanding that to match images of almost anything on the web. In other words, if I am looking to buy a big blue pineapple chair (love that chair) and I have an image of the one I like, Riya will scan the web for similar images of big blue pineapple chairs. Riya expects to be able to crawl the entire web and index the images they find within about three month timespan. Additional coverage of Riya's expansion can be read at TechCrunch.
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