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March 18, 2014, 12:55 PM

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Sundar Pichai / The Official Google Blog:
Google extends Android to wearables with Android Wear project, launches developer preview  —  Sharing what's up our sleeve: Android coming to wearables  —  Most of us are rarely without our smartphones in hand.  These powerful supercomputers keep us connected to the world and the people we love.
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple introduces 8 GB iPhone 5c in five markets to help boost disappointing sales  —  Update: Apple has now added the 8 GB 5c to its European online stores.  In the UK, the device is priced at £429 unlocked — a difference of £40 between it and the 16 GB model.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon to Ship Video-Streaming Device in April  —  Amazon.com Inc. will begin shipping its long-awaited video-streaming device in early April, through its website as well as retailers including Best Buy Co. and Staples Inc., said people familiar with the company's plans.
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
Facebook's AI research group reports major improvement in face recognition software DeepFace  —  Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do  —  Facebook's new AI research group reports a major improvement in face-processing software.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Viacom and Google settle 7-year-old YouTube copyright lawsuit, sources say no money changed hands  —  It's Over!  Viacom and Google Settle YouTube Lawsuit  —  Viacom, which been suing Google over alleged copyright violations at its YouTube unit since 2007, has settled out of court, the two companies announced today.
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple re-introduces fourth-generation iPad in 16 GB model starting at $399, discontinues iPad 2  —  Today it was rumored that Apple had plans to bring the previous-generation iPad back into production to replace the aging iPad 2.  As expected, the fourth-gen iPad is now available once again …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Office for iPad will be unveiled this month  —  Satya Nadella is planning to host his first press event as Microsoft CEO next week.  The software maker has been inviting members of the media to a special cloud- and mobile-focused event in San Francisco on March 27th.
Selena Larson / ReadWrite:
Foursquare CEO: How We'll Tell You Where To Eat And What To Order  —  Dennis Crowley's vision for Foursquare extends way beyond the check-in.  —  The cofounder and CEO of Foursquare envisions a future where our mobile devices learn our behavior and provide suggestions for events …
Tweets: @anthonymobile
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Google plans to kill Google Voice in coming months, integrate features into Hangouts  —  We've heard that Google Voice is getting dragged to the trash can and most of its functionality will be incorporated into G+ Hangouts apps on both Android and iOS.  This has already happened to an extent …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Acquires Zulip, A Stealthy Workplace Chat Solution Still In Private Beta  —  Dropbox has quietly acquired Zulip, the makers of a workplace chat solution for desktop and mobile, which had yet to publicly launch.  Though still in private beta at the time of the acquisition …
Bloomberg:
Cloudera Said to Raise at Least $200 Million in Funding  —  Cloudera Inc. is raising at least $200 million in a new round of financing from investors including Intel Corp., according to people with knowledge of the situation.  —  The fundraising values the maker of open source database software …
More: VentureBeat and GigaomTweets: @mjasay
Nellie Bowles / Re/code:
Apple doesn't accept Steve Jobs-themed apps  —  Quoth Steve Jobs, but Never in the App Store  —  Since he died in October of 2011, people have looked for a myriad of ways to remember Apple legend Steve Jobs.  —  That has included a recent mosaic by San Francisco-based artist Jason Mecier …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
YouTube is reportedly building a version for kids under 10 years old, asks creators for child-oriented content  —  As the biggest video sharing site by a landslide, YouTube attracts people from all walks of life, for better or for worse.  Yet the Google-owned company is reportedly developing …
Chance Miller / 9to5Google:
Google Play Movies expands availability to 37 new markets  —  Google today has announced a pair of expansions for its Play Movies and TV app.  First off, the app itself has been updated with support for 40 new languages.  The update has also added the ability to download movies in either HD or SD …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Companies hit by Adobe ColdFusion exploit discuss resulting credit card data thefts  —  The Long Tail of ColdFusion Fail  —  Earlier this month, I published a story about a criminal hacking gang using Adobe ColdFusion vulnerabilities to build a botnet of hacked e-commerce sites that were milked for customer credit card data.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Clinkle Revealed: Here's What the Embattled Startup Is (And Isn't) Building  —  For a company that hasn't publicly launched its product yet, Clinkle has received a ton of media coverage, not much of it flattering.  —  Here's a recap: Last week, the company's biggest hire to date …
Thanks:@delrey
Eric Johnson / Re/code:
With Global Ambitions, Chinese Gaming Company FunPlus Raises $74 Million  —  You've heard of Zynga and FarmVille, but have you heard of FunPlus and Family Farm?  Enough people have that the Chinese social-mobile gaming startup will announce today that it has raised a huge round: $74 million …

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