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March 18, 2014, 8:35 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” …
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.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Pandora raises One price to $4.99 per month for new subscribers and scraps annual option, blames royalty rates  —  Pandora today announced changes to its Pandora One subscription plan, which charges users to listen without advertising.  The company is keeping the same pricing …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Philippa Warr / Wired.co.uk:
Microsoft ‘developing’ virtual reality hardware for Xbox  —  Xbox is thought to be developing virtual reality hardware of its own according to a source of the Wall Street Journal.  —  Apparently virtual reality tech is being developed alongside augmented reality devices in relation to the Xbox.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox One launching in 26 new countries in September  —  Microsoft's Xbox One console was originally supposed to launch in 21 countries in November, but the company delayed the launch for eight European markets at the time citing localization issues.  Today, Microsoft is revealing that its Xbox …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Social media analytics startup Simply Measured raises $20M, wants to be Seattle's next tech titan  —  Simply Measured founders Adam Schoenfeld, Aviel Ginzburg and Damon Cortesi won Startup of the Year at the 2013 GeekWire Awards.  —  Simply Measured is simply on fire.
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