Researcher sees new angles in visual search

Engineering professor Shih-Fu Chang is trying to make visual search technology as effortless as typing a keyword like “Morningside restaurants” into Google.

Google buys visual search start-up Plink

US giant Google has moved to strengthen its visual search engine tool Google Goggles with the purchase of start-up Plink for an undisclosed amount, Plink's founders announced on Monday.

Google image search gets a 'swirl'

Google Labs on Tuesday brought more focus to finding pictures online, adding a "Swirl" tool that automatically groups similar images into categories presented on results pages.

Microsoft swaps pictures for text in some searches

(AP) -- Microsoft Corp. is testing a way to display some search results as galleries of moveable images instead of text links, part of its ongoing attempt to differentiate its Bing search engine from Google.

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