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March 18, 2014, 4:25 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.
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” …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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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 …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Vimeo Buys Video-Making App Cameo, a Few Months After Its Debut  —  Vimeo has bought Cameo, a video-making app that launched last fall.  It's the second time in the last year that IAC's video site has acquired a video app.  —  Cameo is supposed to offer easy-to-use video-editing software …
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
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Sam Altman, Y Combinator's new president, profiled as always-on advisor and forceful dealmaker  —  Y Combinator's New Head Startup Whisperer Sam Altman Is Quite a Talker  —  It's not crazy for Sam Altman's phone bill to rack up 6,000 talking minutes in a month.  He talks a lot, to a lot of people.
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Oculus VR exits first virtual reality collective  —  Just five days ago we told you about the Immersive Technology Alliance, a group of companies that are working on virtual reality coming together to support the burgeoning medium.  At the time, we told you that Oculus VR — the folks behind the Oculus Rift — were part of the group.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Lenovo to Seek Acquisitions for Growth  —  HONG KONG—Chinese personal-computer giant Lenovo Group Ltd. 0992.HK +1.45% said Tuesday it is still looking to acquisitions to fuel growth, less than two months after unveiling a pair of deals worth $5 billion that already threaten to stretch the company's resources.

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