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1/25/2018
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Facebook Buys Identity Verification Firm

Facebook has purchased startup Confirm, which uses pattern analysis to confirm identities.

Confirm, a Boston-based identity verification startup, has agreed to be acquired by Facebook. The two companies have not disclosed the terms of their deal.

For three years Confirm has specialized in building technology that confirms user identities using photos of their driver's licenses or other forms of ID. The company has developed APIs and SDKs that can be integrated into applications for verification purposes.

Following the acquisition, Confirm has updated its website to state its current digital identity authentication software offerings will be wound down. It will join Facebook's office in Cambridge, Mass., but has not confirmed how many employees will stay with the company.

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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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1/25/2018 | 11:50:58 PM
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Good to know that FB is effectively expanding its footprint here in Boston. I wonder to what extent, if it all, this will impact Amazon's decision in the run-off for HQ2.

(Charitably assuming, of course, that Amazon has not already secretly made its decision and is simply using the 20-city list as a negotiating tactic.)
jenshadus
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1/26/2018 | 1:09:19 PM
More intrusion?
So FB wants to verify who you are, where you are, what you are buying, when you go to sleep?  What the heck?  If this is for on-line shopping, I can see it, for anything else it's a no go for me.
REISEN1955
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1/26/2018 | 2:48:49 PM
Re: More intrusion?
WE can all worry when Amazon buys Facebook.  THEN the cat will indeed be out of the bag and in a box with that stupid smile on it.
jenshadus
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jenshadus,
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1/26/2018 | 2:55:18 PM
Re: More intrusion?
You are onto something. 
Joe Stanganelli
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1/26/2018 | 4:57:10 PM
Re: More intrusion?
What would Amazon want with FB? Amazon's ways of spying on us are far more reliable and expansive. Moreover, FB's forays into infrastructure and hardware still don't quite hold a candle to those of Amazon's.
Joe Stanganelli
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1/27/2018 | 11:20:50 PM
Re: More intrusion?
@jenshadus: In many cases, they already know most of that!
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