Google SVP Sundar Pichai has given a few hints about what value Google sees in Magic Leap, the very well financed augmented reality startup that Mountain View led a $542 million investment round in last year, and which Pichai also sits on the board of. Read More
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Google’s SVP of Chrome and Android Sundar Pichai confirmed today that the company would start trialing its own mobile network operator services before the end of the year. Pichai made the comments at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but insisted that traditional mobile operators weren’t viewing its own MVNO trials as a threat to their core businesses. He also added that the company is actually working with a number of operators to bring the trial to market. The confirmation follows earlier rumors that Google could be considering running its own wireless service. Exactly which network company is partnering with for…
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Is there such a thing as “Funding February?” Has somebody coined that already? No? Good. We’re doing it here. So many African startups raised money last month that it amply deserves the moniker, and raises expectations that this year will be the best yet for African entrepreneurs looking for venture capital. Funding February The funding wasn’t localized, but spread across the continent. In Kenya, pay-as-you-go energy provider M-KOPA Solar closed its fourth round of investment through a US$12.45 million equity and debt deal led by LGT Venture Philanthropy. The company will use the money to extend its product range, grow…
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AVG is a name well-known in the Windows world for its decent and free anti-virus software, but the company is apparently looking to expand outside of just software and protect people’s privacy in the real world now. At Mobile World Congress, AVG is demoing a concept pair of glasses that both foil facial recognition software, and make it difficult for someone to snap a photo of your face.
To make it difficult for facial recognition systems to actually recognize a wearer’s face, the glasses feature a set of infrared LEDs around the eyes and nose that are only visible to digital cameras. When a photo of the wearer’s face is snapped, those areas, which are crucial to facial recognition working, are obscured with a bright bloom.
For an extra layer of privacy protection, AVG’s glasses are also covered in a retro-reflective material, like Betabrand’s Flashback clothing line, which directs the light from a camera flash directly back at a camera so the resulting image is overexposed and obscured. It doesn’t hide the wearer’s body or what’s going on in the rest of the image, but by hiding part of their face it should provide some level of plausible deniability.
There’s no word on if or when AVG plans to put these glasses into production, but hopefully if the company plans to go ahead with the design it will find a way to make those LEDs a little smaller and a little more subtle. And here’s to hoping the glasses won’t need a software update every other day like the company’s antivirus software.
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Second edition of Google-backed music awards will be online-only, with gongs for Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, One Direction and other artists
Ed Sheeran and Charli XCX are among the artists filming exclusive videos for the second YouTube Music Awards, which will take place online later in March.
YouTube is working with Vice Media to produce new videos from 15 artists, which will launch simultaneously on its site on 23 March.
Related: Zoe Keating v YouTube: key sticking points in Google’s latest music row
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