Webware Radar: Message Systems launches illegal image analyzer

Also: QuickOffice is available now for Android for $7.99; and Offerpal Media has raised $15 million in a Series B round of funding.

Message Systems, a company that offers message management platforms for carriers and ISPs, announced the launch of its first message management service that "combats the transmission of illegal and inappropriate images sent via email and wireless messaging." According to the company, the tool will use image recognition software developed by Image Analyzer to provide ISPs and mobile carriers with better knowledge about what's being transmitted over their networks.

Detecting illegal and illicit images has been difficult for ISPs and mobile carriers, Message Systems said in a statement. But with the help of Image Analyzer's technology, ISPs and carriers will have "real-time image analysis" at their disposal that will allow them to distinguish between inappropriate and appropriate content. The tool can be integrated directly into an ISP's or carrier's existing messaging system.

Quickoffice, a provider of mobile office software, announced Tuesday that it has released its first Microsoft Office viewer for Google's Android platform. Dubbed Quickoffice for Android, the app will allow T-Mobile G1 users to access, view, and manage their Word and Excel files. The software costs $7.99 and is available now.

Offerpal Media, a company that provides in-game offers and surveys to help developers monetize their online games, has secured a $15 million in a Series B round of funding that was led by D.E. Shaw Ventures, The New York Times is reporting. According to the company, it has over 2,000 advertisers in its system and adds 100 new offers each week. It plans to use the funding to expand its services to other developers.

Career search site, Indeed released a new feature Tuesday, called Industry Trends, which provides a visual look at job seeker trends in 12 major industries, including accounting, finance, and retail. The company found that the number of job listings has declined over the past year, but job-seeker traffic is up over the past 12 months.

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