Booting Up: Google Is Distracting You From Reader’s Demise With a Smartwatch

Sad. (Screenshot: Google Reader)

Google is reportedly developing a smartwatch and a videogame console in case you were craving either of those. [Wall Street Journal]

The Army is reportedly blocking access to The Guardian and “some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks.” It’s like that whole Snowden thing never even happened! [Verge]

If we’re to believe one of its former execs, Chinese ecommerce site Alibaba is probably worth $100 billion. [Wall Street Journal]

Gokul Rajaram, who was in charge of developing ad units for Facebook, has accepted a new position at Jack Dorsey’s Square. [Business Insider]

Google Reader dies Monday so here’s the latest in mopey “In Memoriam” piece. [Fast Company]


Booting Up: Yes, Eric Schmidt Loves His BlackBerry

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Google has applied for a new patent that shows the company is thinking about programming Google Glass to be able to control objects like your garage door and your refrigerator. You’d simply look at your fridge door and superimposed controls would be reflected onto it, telling you you need milk. Uh, want? [Engadget]

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who reads our rumor roundup, but turns out Google chairman Eric Schmidt does indeed prefer his BlackBerry over an Android phone. [The Guardian]

Now Google is building a smartwatch. How many watches can one human need? [The Verge]

If you want to commit cyberwar, you’re going to need the manual. [AP]

Virtual currency like Bitcoin is getting money laundering rules that will hold providers accountable in a similar manner to money-order providers like Western Union. Sorry, Silk Road. [Wall Street Journal]


Pebble the Smartwatch, the Most-Funded Kickstarter EVAH, Is Now at $4.6 M. and Counting

Pebble smartwatch

Yesterday, we called it. The fact that Pebble the e-paper watch had raised $3.5 million with more than a month to go meant that KickStarter had hit the tipping point, surpassing even Double Fine Adventure’s previous high-score of $3,336,371. Maybe we shoulda waited awhile. Between now and then, Pebble has raised another million and change. The new total is $4,625,453 from 32,120 backers with 30 days to go.

At this rate, Pebble is going to raise $34 million before the jig’s up and Kickstarter should just secede from the Union and start minting their own currency. Maybe cfundrs or crowdsiesor something. Read More