Facebook has acquired Face.com, confirming rumors that the companies were in talks.
Face.com announced the acquisition on its blog today, saying that its work with Facebook will offer it "more opportunities" to build products.
The Tel Aviv, Israel-based startup offers application programming interfaces (API) for third-party developers to incorporate Face.com's facial-recognition software into their applications. The company has released two Facebook applications: Photo Finder, which lets people find untagged pictures of themselves and their Facebook friends, and Photo Tagger, which lets people automatically bulk-tag photos on Facebook. Face.com launched its open API in 2010 to help third-party developers get into the mix.
"People who use Facebook enjoy sharing photos and memories with their friends, and Face.com's technology has helped to provide the best photo experience," a Facebook spokesperson told CNET today in an emailed statement. "This transaction simply brings a world-class team and a long-time technology vendor in house..."