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Microsoft Acquires VideoSurf

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Nov 22, 2011, 12:20 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired VideoSurf for an undisclosed sum. VideoSurf is a mobile application for Android smartphones that is already preloaded on devices sold by Verizon Wireless. Similar to how Shazam or SoundHound allow users to record snippets of songs and then search for the song information based on that snippet, VideoSurf lets people record a few seconds of a TV show or movie and then retrieve the information about that program. VideoSurf will tell users the name of the show, the episode that's airing, as well as provide the cast list. Users can then share the results via Facebook or Twitter if they wish. VideoSurf uses sound from the TV program as well as visual recognition technology to identify the content. Microsoft said it intends to roll VideSurf into a number of its existing services, such as Xbox Live.


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Nov 22, 2011, 4:44 PM

Most likely will be targeted at Bing

Since mobile bing has the built in shazam like feature, this would only make sense to add this to the capabilities of bing vision.
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