Google Muscles In On Canadian Startup

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TORONTO -- Leila Boujnane figured it was only a matter of time. For the past two years, the founder and chief executive of Toronto's Idee Inc. watched and waited for Google Inc. to upgrade its search engine and enable users to enter pictures instead of text to perform Web queries. As the creator of TinEye -- a reverse-image search technology that allows users to figure out where a photo came from, how it is used and whether modified versions of it exist anywhere on the Web -- she had a feeling Google would one day add similar functionalities to its flagship search engine.

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