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Loaded: Google glasses likely coming soon

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Loaded: Google glasses likely coming soon

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Facebook crafts new ads, a Twitter app update restores features, and Google's augmented-reality glasses are expected to go on sale this year.

It's Wednesday, February 22nd 2012. I'm Bridget Carrie of sina.com and it's time to get loaded. You could be wearing computer vision glasses by the end of the year, reports the New York Times. High tech glasses being made by Google which have been speculated about for weeks would display a transparent computer screen on the lenses. It sounds like something out of science fiction but new reports say it can go on sale this year for somewhere between $250 and $600. The prototype looks similar to Oakley's Suns glasses and could tap into Google's database to overlap map directions or information on nearby points of interest. It's been often referred to as augmented reality. Facebook is upgrading its advertising offerings next week. A leaked document shows new ads will target the friends of an advertisers fans and it would let anything post it on a page like a status message or (ventured?) photo to be turned into an advertisement. Pay a little more and that post can be targeted to anyone on Facebook. The new ads will also be larger, which supposedly will boost engagement by 40%. Twitter has brought back features it recently removed in its smart phone apps likely because they were in high demand from fans. The app update for iPhone and Android users brings back the swipe shortcut and a signed friends feature. The iPhone version also has brought back the copy and paste function as well as more sharing options. The hacker activist group Anonymous is growing more powerful and may one day attack our power grid, according to the director of the national security agency. The Wall Street Journal reports the director has been urging for the US to keep a close eye on Anonymous over the next couple of years. The group has been known to hack information from individuals and organizations all with the goal of embarrassing them or revealing what it believes are injustices. Earlier this month, the group took credit for taking down the CIA's website. You likely know of the company Epson Ford's Printers but now the company has now gone into the persona fitness industry. It's created the latest GPS watch for runners. The GPS monitor can track a runner's distance, pace and speed and it also can be worn while swimming. Japan will be the first ticket to watch later this year. Scientists have found a new way to look at a whole cell without the whole mess of slicing it up and staining it in a lab. Using soft x-ray tomography, researchers can take a photo of a cell every 100 milliseconds. Once they have about 100 or 200 snapshots, the computer can build a 3D color coded model on the computer and it only takes 5 minutes. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Bridget Carrie for sina.com and you've just been loaded

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