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March 19, 2014, 8:15 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.
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.
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.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Oppo Find 7 is the world's first phone that can take 50MP photos (video)  —  We've seen the teasers and we've seen the leaks, so it's about time to see the real thing.  Oppo has finally unveiled the Find 7 in Beijing just now, and as promised, this Android 4.3 device really can take 50-megapixel photos!
Lisa Vaas / Naked Security:
Google sued for data-mining students' email  —  Google is in hot water for scanning millions of students' email messages and allegedly building “surreptitious” profiles to target advertising at them.  —  According to Education Week, a “potentially explosive” lawsuit is wending …
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” …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Eleven more countries: Google launches Chromecast in Europe and Canada  —  The rumors were true: Google is taking its Chromecast streaming stick beyond U.S. borders.  Chromecast will officially be available for sale in Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. starting Wednesday.
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.
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 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Dropbox will let you switch between work and personal accounts next month  —  Dropbox will let you manage separate work and personal accounts on all of your devices next month, The Verge has learned.  In advance of an April 9th press event, the company has notified users of its Dropbox …
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 …
More: TechCrunch
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Lotame Acquires Mobile Ad Targeting Startup AdMobius  —  Data management platform Lotame just announced that it's acquiring startup AdMobius.  —  AdMobius was founded by three alums for Apple's iAd program and from Quattro Wireless, the company that Apple acquired to build iAd.
Bloomberg:
Japan Display Slumps in Trading Debut After $3.1 Billion IPO  —  Japan Display Inc. plunged in its debut after the supplier of screens for Apple Inc. devices priced shares through an initial public offering at the bottom of a planned range.  —  The IPO raised 318.5 billion yen ($3.1 billion) with an offer price of 900 yen.
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 …
Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
Nitrous.IO scores $6.65M to eliminate messy development set up  —  Nitrous.IO, the startup that aims to free developers from the gruntwork of configuring, patching and otherwise futzing with workstation-based development environments, now has $6.65 million in A Series funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners.
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