Google acquires Web security firm reCAPTCHA

(RAW STORY)    Google announced on Wednesday that it has acquired reCAPTCHA, a company that produces the squiggly words used by websites to guard against spam and fraud.

The Mountain View, California-based Internet search and advertising giant did not disclose the terms of the acquisition.

Google said it would use reCAPTCHA’s technology to increase fraud and spam protection for Google products “but also to improve our books and newspaper scanning process.”

Google is scanning millions of books as part of its controversial book project and it said reCAPTCHA?s Optical Character Recognition technology “improves the process that converts scanned images into plain text.”

CAPTCHAs can be read by humans but are difficult for computers to recognize and are used on registration forms by many websites as a security measure.

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