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Google to sell Glass to public next week

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc will take online orders for its Glass wearable gadget on April 15, in its biggest push to get the $1,500 wraparound Web-ready glasses out to the U.S. public. For a limited time starting Tuesday, Google will make the wearable device available to more than just the select group of users such as apps developers in its Glass Explorer program. In a blogpost, Google did not say how many pairs it would sell, just that the quantity would be limited.

BlackBerry may consider exiting handsets, eyes investments

By Alastair Sharp and Nicola Leske NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd would consider exiting its handset business if it remains unprofitable, its chief executive officer said on Wednesday, as the technology company looks to expand its corporate reach with investments, acquisitions and partnerships.

Facebook says WhatsApp deal cleared by FTC

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said U.S. regulators have cleared its $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp, even as the Federal Trade Commission warned the two Internet companies on Thursday that they must not backtrack on commitments to user privacy.

Wearable tech gaining momentum

Wearable tech is moving beyond a small group of early adopters and going mainstream. That's the conclusion of market tracker IDC, which predicted sales of wearable tech items would triple this year to 19 million units worldwide, growing to 111.9 million by 2018. "Wearable computing is still at the launchpad," said IDC research manager Ramon Llamas.

US warns Facebook on privacy in WhatsApp mega deal

US regulators warned Facebook Thursday about making changes to the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the smartphone messaging service set to be acquired by the social network for a whopping $19 billion. The warning came as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) informed Facebook it had approved the deal, according to sources familiar with the review, allowing Facebook to go forward with its largest-ever acquisition and expand its footprint and mobile offerings.

Google Glass available in US as of April 15

Google will makes it controversial Internet-linked Glass eyewear available for purchase for a limited time in the United States beginning on April 15. Anyone in the United States with $1,500 to spend on Glass will be able to join the ranks of "explorers" who have gotten to test out the devices prior to them hitting the market, the California-based Internet titan said Thursday in a post at Google+ social network. "Our Explorers are moms, artists, surgeons, rockers, and each new Explorer has brought a new perspective that is making Glass better," Google said in the post.

US warns Facebook on privacy in WhatsApp deal

US regulators warned Facebook Thursday about making changes to the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the messaging service set to be acquired by the huge social network for a whopping $19 billion. In a letter to both companies, the Federal Trade Commission noted that WhatsApp has made "promises" to consumers on protecting their data and that both companies have told consumers that after any acquisition, WhatsApp will continue its current privacy practices.

New Facebook privacy tweaks include a pop-up warning about public postings

TORONTO - Facebook admits it's had its fair share of fumbles and stumbles when it comes to privacy. So the social media giant, which has 19 million regular users in Canada and 1.23 billion globally, is rolling out a few tweaks to help users better understand how to control who sees their posts. And it's taking the unusual step of intervening when it suspects users could be posting publicly without realizing it.

Military secrets leaked from state-run defense agency: lawmaker

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- Large amounts of military intelligence have been leaked from a state-run defense agency after its computer networks came under attack from suspected Chinese and North Korean hackers, an opposition lawmaker claimed Thursday. The hackers stole classified information by planting malicious codes and programs into the computer networks of the state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD), Rep. Kim Young-joo of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy said in a press release.

Motorola Mobility names Rick Osterloh as COO ahead of Lenovo buy

(Reuters) - Motorola Mobility has named Rick Osterloh as its chief operating officer, reporting to the Motorola Operating Board at Google Inc until its acquisition by Lenovo Group Ltd is completed. The appointment was made public on Wednesday on Motorola's official blog by Jonathan Rosenberg, who will continue in his role as Google liaison and adviser to Motorola through the transition period. (http://r.reuters.com/buj48v)
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