Google acquires reCaptcha (fraud prevention technology)

Companies in Relationship

Google, reCaptcha

Deal Facts

Initial Announcement Date: 9/09

Consideration: $22 million (Source: Capital IQ)

Google acquires reCaptcha, a developer of fraud detection technology. reCaptcha's technology requires users to type in squiggly shaped words that are difficult for computers to read and has been used by over 100,000 web sites to prevent spam. The company is a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff.

Google stated that reCaptcha's technology improves Optical Character Recognition, implying that Google may use the technology in its controversial Google Books scanning project in addition to spam prevention.

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