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March 19, 2014, 12:20 AM

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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.
CNBC:
Apple CEO Tim Cook: New book on company is ‘nonsense’  —  Apple's course after Steve Jobs  —  Yukari Kane, author of “Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs,” discusses her book where she recounts the final years of Steve Jobs at Apple and focuses on the state of the company under its current CEO Tim Cook.
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” …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Sony reveals Project Morpheus, its VR headset for PlayStation 4  —  Sony has revealed that it is working on virtual reality technology for PS4.  Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, made the announcement at an ongoing Game Developers Conference 2014 event entitled Driving the Future of Innovation.
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 …
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.
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.
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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Cloudera snatches a massive $160M to lead the business of big data  —  Wowzers.  Bloomberg's report about big data company Cloudera raising big money was no joke.  —  Today, Cloudera announced a heavy-duty $160 million round of funding.  T. Rowe Price led the round, alongside money from …
Jared Newman / PC World:
GOG will bring classic PC games to Linux this fall  —  GOG.com, a site that specializes in selling classic PC games for modern computers, has decided to support Linux after all.  —  GOG says it has been working on Linux support for the last few months, and will add support for the Ubuntu …
Larry Hryb / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Project Spark Goes to Open Beta on Xbox One  —  Our friends at Team Dakota have just announced that Project Spark is now in open beta on Xbox One.  That means Xbox One owners can join the existing community of Project Spark players and creators without needing a beta code.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Facebook's security chief talks encryption plan  —  Summary: For Facebook, ensuring the security of its users worldwide starts with improving the security culture and dialogue within the company itself.  —  Facebook has built its business upon the sharing of content between people worldwide …
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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Oracle Q3 Results Fall Short Again  —  Shares of business software giant Oracle fell by more than four percent in after-hours trading after the company reported third-quarter earnings that were worse than what analysts had expected.  —  Oracle reported per-share earnings of 68 cents on revenue of $9.3 billion.

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