Top News for March 18, 2014

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Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for March 18, 2014:

  1. 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 360 Read more at cultofandroid.com.

  2. 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. Read more at theinformation.com.

  3. 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. Read more at 9to5google.com.

  4. 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. Read more at grahamculey.com.

  5. 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. Read more at reuters.com.

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