Riya.com is a facial recognition service that was able to find similar images around the web. Riya founder Munjal Shah wrote an e-mail to their users this morning saying that they are shutting down the service on August 21st.
The service launched about four years ago and almost sold themselves to Google but the deal fell through. After the deal did not clear, Shah and his team decided to focus on a new service called Like.com. Like.com can detect accessories that people are wearing and find similar accessories (if not the same) for sale across the web.
Below is the full e-mail that was sent out.