Google is closer than ever to having all the pieces for a wearables comeback, from a Pixel Watch to Glass 2.0. Here’s how it could play out. (GOOG, GOOGL)

This week, Google announced it is acquiring North, the Canadian startup behind the Focals smart glasses. You might have missed it: Qualcomm also just announced a new chip that will power the next generation of Google’s wearables. The pieces are in place for Google to get serious about wearable hardware – but it still needs to clinch the Fitbit deal. It’s not guaranteed to succeed. Antitrust regulators are concerned that the Fitbit merger could harm the market. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed that it’s been a big week for Google’s hardware plans. First, the company announced it is acquiring North,… Read More

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Trump contracts Peter Thiel-backed startup to build his (virtual) border wall

Trump’s xenophobic dream of building a “big, beautiful wall” along the Mexico–US border has moved a step closer to (virtual) reality. The White House just struck a deal with Palmer Luckey’s Anduril Industrial to erect an AI-powered partition along the frontier. Anduril will install hundreds of surveillance towers across the rugged terrain, The Washinton Post reports. The pillars will use cameras and thermal imaging to detect anyone trying to enter “the land of the free” and send their location to the cellphones of US Border Patrol agents. US Customers and Border Protection confirmed that 200 of the towers would be installed by 2022,… This story continues at The Next Web… Read More

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