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March 18, 2014, 2:10 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.
Lior Ron / The Official Motorola Blog:
Motorola teases Moto 360 wristwatch powered by Android Wear, launching this summer  —  Moto 360: It's Time.  —  It's time for a watch that looks and feels great and gives you the information you need, when you need it.  —  It's time for Moto 360, a truly modern timepiece, designed by Motorola, powered by Android Wear.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
LG G Watch to launch next quarter with Android Wear  —  Over the last two years, LG has established a storied history of collaboration with Google.  The two companies have worked together on three devices (two Nexus smartphones and a Google Play edition tablet) and today we're hearing about the fourth — a smartwatch.
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.
Washington Post:
NSA system can record 100% of a foreign country's calls, store every conversation for 30 days  —  NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls  —  The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Sonos introduces universal search across music services in new mobile controller app  —  Five years after launching its first iOS app, internet-connected speaker maker Sonos is finally getting ready to give its mobile experience a complete overhaul.  The new controller app features …
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: StrictlyVC, Gigaom and VentureBeatTweets: @mjasay
Bradley Hope / Wall Street Journal:
New York Stock Exchange is Front-Runner to Land Prized Alibaba Listing  —  IPO Is Expected to Raise as Much as $15 Billion, Which Would Be One of the Largest Ever  —  The New York Stock Exchange is the front-runner to win the high-profile listing for the shares of Chinese e-commerce giant …
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 …
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter Testers Gain Access To A New Timeline Called “Fave People” For Tracking Favorite Twitter Accounts  —  Twitter is experimenting with a new feature called “Fave People,” which allows you to keep track of your favorite Twitter users and accounts in a separate timeline.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast and Time Warner Cable lost 1.1 million video customers in 2013  —  Comcast, Time Warner Cable (TWC), and all other top cable companies lost pay-TV subscribers in 2013, but the companies were able to boost their total broadband Internet subscribers, according to research by Leichtman Research Group.

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