Polar Rose (facial recognition)
Polar Rose had a service that allows users to name people in their photos on photo sharing sites like Flickr and 23hq.com using their Facebook contacts. Using their facial recognition Polar Rose applied auto-tagging for users. The service was discontinued on 6 September 2010 only to be purchased two weeks later by Apple Inc. for approximately $29 million.
The Polar Rose website and related add-ons for Firefox and Internet Explorer allowed users to put names to the faces of people whose photographs appear on the web, and to then find other pictures of the same individuals; however, as of May 20, 2009, use of the plugins was discontinued in favor of a purely web-based interface.
Polar Rose was awarded a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Award in 2008  and has won other awards like SIME's 2007 Best Technical Innovation and the Red Herring Global 100 list for 2007.
- Face-tagging service closed
- Apple buys Polar Rose for a rumoured $22 million
- Polar Rose Blog: Plugin, we'll miss you
- Polar Rose blog: Search Wikia adds Polar Rose widget
- World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers 2008
- NyTeknik: Polar Rose fick Sime-pris för bästa internettekniken
- Red Herring Global 100
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