只要奥巴马签署相关法案，Netflix将在2013年增加‘社交功能’ 科技博客TPM IdeaLab
那么，这与Google Now有何联系？眼镜计划（Project Glass）本质上就是Google Now加上增强现实技术以及可穿戴计算。上方视频中展示的谷歌眼睛所有功能中，唯一一项尚未在Google Now中实现的重要功能是与朋友分享位置信息。这显然已经不再是什么技术难题。但我感觉谷歌暂时之所以没有在Google Now中添加此功能是为了避免用户对该服务的隐私问题感到不安。
苹果 vs.谷歌 vs.Facebook vs.亚马逊 《华尔街日报》
Netflix 'social features' coming in 2013, once president signs bill [TPM IdeaLab]
Users in Canada and Latin America have had the ability to link Netflix and Facebook accounts and share viewed movies since 2011, but Netflix hasn't moved to offer it in its home country, the U.S., yet, due to a 1988 law — the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA). The law prohibits companies from disclosing "personally identifiable information," including rental history, about any consumer, except in some special cases, such as for law enforcement investigations — or else they can be sued.
Signs of changes taking hold in electronics factories in China [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
Other reforms were more personal. Protective foam sprouted on low stairwell ceilings inside factories. Automatic shut-off devices appeared on whirring machines. Ms. Pu got her chair. This autumn, she even heard that some workers had received cushioned seats.
The changes also extend to California, where Apple is based. Apple, the electronics industry's behemoth, in the last year has tripled its corporate social responsibility staff, has re-evaluated how it works with manufacturers, has asked competitors to help curb excessive overtime in China and has reached out to advocacy groups it once rebuffed.
Google's mobile future is now [TECHCRUNCH]
So what's the connection with Google Now? Project Glass is essentially Google Now plus augmented reality and wearable computing. Out of all of the Google Glass features you see in the video above, the only really important one that isn't implemented in Google Now yet is location sharing with your friends. That's obviously not a major technical problem anymore, but my feeling is Google is holding back from adding something like this to Now for the time being to avoid making users feel queasy about the privacy implications of the service.
Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook vs. Amazon [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
Meanwhile, all four companies see search as a big opportunity for retaining and profiting off customers. While Google's paradigm of typing queries in a search box has prevailed for years, now its rivals want to undercut the Web-search giant through mobile search on smartphones and other devices, and a slew of search services that allow recommendations from friends.