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Yahoo continues shopping spree with IQ Engines capture for Flickr

Yahoo is close to filling up its acquisition dance card, recently picking up another company — image-recognition startup IQ Engines.

IQ Engines confirmed on its website that it will join the Flickr team to enhance the Internet photo service.

"At IQ Engines, our dream has been to transform the way people search and browse their photos by helping to process them intelligently," the company said in an announcement. "We are excited to take things to a global level with one of the most widely used photo services in the world."

IQ Engines is no longer registering new customers; existing users can access their content through 22 September.

The startup made waves in 2010, when it earned $1 million (£644,000) in funding, earmarked for building an API that would provide a visual search engine for easy categorisation, according to TechCrunch.

Eventually, the company developed two APIs — the first called SmartCamera, geared toward scanning products and logos with a smartphone camera, and the second, dubbed SmartAlbum, which allows photo analysis and facial recognition for online albums and mobile applications. The technology has since been integrated into retailers like Best Buy, Old Navy, and Tesco.

"As longtime Flickr fans and fellow photography enthusiasts, we look forward to working on improving photo organization and search for the community," the IQ Engines team said.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

In May, Yahoo unveiled a revamped version of its Flickr photo-sharing site, an updated Android app, and announced that it will provide every Flickr user with 1TB of free storage.

IQ Engine, meanwhile, is the most recent addition to Yahoo's already-bulging portfolio, which includes recommendation app Jybe, news app Summly, to-do list Astrid, iOS photo-editor GhostBird, conference-calling service Rondee, inbox manager Xobni, mobile video app Qwiki, e-commerce site Lexity, and social browser Rockmelt. Not to mention Yahoo's $1.1 billion (£724 million) purchase of popular blogging platform Tumblr, completed in late June.

And while Marissa Mayer hasn't added Foursquare to her arsenal just yet, reports surfaced last week tipping discussions to share the check-in service's data with Yahoo.