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It's Tuesday, March 18, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan - I'm Jason Howell.

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Tech News Today explores the big stories of the day in conversation with some of the world's best journalists.

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Our guest co-anchor today is Mitch Wagner, the West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading.Mitch Wagner
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Google senior V.P. Sundar Pichai announced this morning on a blog post a new project called Android Wear, which he said is Android extended to wearables. Pichai said Google is working with companies that will make smartwatches based on Android that will ship this year. These companies include: Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and even Fossil. Moments after Google’s announcedment this morning, LG announced a smartwatch called the G Watch. Motorola announced this morning a new smartwatch called the Moto 360http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/sharing-whats-up-our-sleeve-android.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrqZl2QIz0c

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http://www.cultofandroid.com/54993/google-android-wear-new-platform-just-wearables/

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Killian Bell writes for Cult of Android.

Q: We knew Google was working on a smartwatch with LG, and a wearables platform. What did we learn in Pichai’s announcement this morning?

Q: Is this a new version of Android that will have smartwatch-specific apps running on the watch? Or will all the apps run on connected phones?

Q: No mention of the smart jacket, sadly

Q: Fossil?

Q: This looked to me very Google Now based. Is there anything else to it? Is Google Now pretty much the platform?

Q: How’d you like that awkward and bulky watch in the video? Are they serious?

Q: The video shows one woman playing music through a speaker in the watch. Again, are they serious?
Killian Bell
Writer, Cult of Android @killianbell

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* Starting with watches

* Video shows “OK, Google” Google Now function

* Plays music

* Pichai: “wide variety of Android applications means you’ll receive the latest posts and updates from your favorite social apps, chats from your preferred messaging apps, notifications from shopping, news and photography apps, and more.”

* Fitness apps can give you real-time speed, distance and time information on your wrist for your run, cycle or walk.

* Multi-screen Your key to a multiscreen world. Android Wear lets you access and control other devices from your wrist. Just say “Ok Google” to fire up a music playlist on your phone, or cast your favorite movie to your TV.

* Pichai: “Starting today, you can download a Developer Preview so you can tailor your existing app notifications for watches powered by Android Wear.”

* Because Android for wearables works with Android's rich notification system, many apps will already work well. Look out for more developer resources and APIs coming soon.

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A new YouTube for kids is in the works, according to an exclusive by The Information’s Amir Efrati. The site will be devoid of adult or inappropriate content, and will be aimed at kids 10 years and younger. https://www.theinformation.com/YouTube-Sets-Sights-on-Kids

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Amir Efrati is a Senior reporter for The Information

Q: Would this be a second site, or a kind of parent filter like the current Safety Mode on the existing site?

Q: Would this simply be YouTube, minus the twerking videos and cussing? Or would this be a curated site of children’s content? Will Google try to get content creators to make exclusive content?

Q: Is this just an idea, or does YouTube and Google have solid plans?

Q: 10 seems to be a weird cut-off. For example, in the movie business they lump kids into the 13-and-under crowd.

Amir Efrati
Senior reporter, The Information @amir

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* YouTube, which is owned by Google, talked to video producers willing to create child-oriented content

* The product is far from being launched

* YouTube already has a “safety” mode for filtering out inappropriate content

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Google plans to kill its Google Voice phone service in the coming months, according to an exclusive by Seth Weintraub on 9to5mac. The plan is to move most Google Voice features and all users over to Google Hangouts. http://9to5google.com/2014/03/18/google-plans-kill-google-voice-in-months-integrate-features-into-hangouts/

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No Interview

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* G+ Hangouts apps on both Android and iOS

* This has already happened to an extent with the ability to phone friends on Hangouts

* Make (and receive) VoIP calls directly from your Google phone number via the Hangouts mobile apps

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New Facebook technology can recognize human faces almost as well as people do. Called DeepFace, the algorithm can identify a face with 97.25 per cent accuracy. That’s just one quarter of a percentage point worse than people can recognize faces. http://grahamcluley.com/2014/03/facebook-facial-recognition/http://www.technologyreview.com/news/525586/facebook-creates-software-that-matches-faces-almost-as-well-as-you-do/

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* Yaniv Taigman and colleagues at Facebook's AI lab

* Create a 3D model, then rotate it

* test dataset that contained more than 13,000 images of faces collected from the web

* Amazon's Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing site managed 97.5 per cent

* Facebook's neural network was trained on a dataset of more than 4 million images, containing more than 4000 separate identities, each one labelled by humans

* Gary Huang of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst says that a Chinese machine vision start-up called Face++ claims to have a comparable level of face recognition accuracy

* Face++ is used on China's largest online dating website, Jiayuan.com

* Face++ will find users that look similar to your crush

* DeepFace doesn’t put names to faces. It just can tell if a face in one photo is the same as a face in another photo

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Google and Viacom kissed and made up today. The companies settled their long-running court battle over Viacom content on YouTube, which began with a one billion dollar lawsuit way back in 2007 over copyrighted Viacom content like South Park and The Daily Show posted on YouTube between 2005 and 2008. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/18/us-google-viacom-lawsuit-idUSBREA2H11220140318

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* According to Viacom, nearly 160,000 clips of Viacom programming — including clips from shows like “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “South Park” — were available on YouTube without permission, and that those clips had been viewed more than 1.5 billion times.

* The companies already have in place a filter that screens for unauthorized Viacom content and allows the entertainment company to take it down. Viacom also has official channels on YouTube that it uses to promote shows from MTV and Comedy Central.

* The companies, in a joint statement about the settlement Tuesday, said: “Google and Viacom today jointly announced the resolution of the Viacom vs. YouTube copyright litigation.”

* Google acquired YouTube one year before the lawsuit

* Even as the suit dragged on, the companies since then have reached biz agreements; for example, Viacom participates in the YouTube Content ID program to scan for copyrighted material uploaded to the service.

* Paramount also in 2012 licensed films to YouTube available for rent.

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We told you yesterday about the creation, removal, then re-creation of a service called Popcorn Time, which works like Netflix but gets movies from BitTorrent. A viewer named Jared writes: I don't think Popcorn Time is illegal by any means, since all they are doing is getting content from torrenting sites anyway. Whichever way you look at it, movie studio's will need to get this message. Even though it hurts content creators, this is the internet. They need to Work with it.......not against it.

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FOLLOW-UP

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We told you on previous episodes about Amazon’s rumored video streaming box. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Amazon will ship its rumored video-streaming device in early April. The product will be sold through Amazon dot com, of course, and also by Staples and Best Buy in the U.S., according to the article. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303287804579445721946202990?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303287804579445721946202990.html

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