- Google (GOOG) is working with vision benefits provider VSP Global to create prescription Google Glass lenses, as well as alternative frame designs.
- The efforts highlight Google's interest in driving broader consumer adoption for Glass, which critics have argued is a product made by, of, and for geeks. Glass microdisplay supplier Himax (HIMX) has much to gain if the eyewear proves a mass-market hit following its commercial launch (set for early 2014).
- Google's Calico anti-aging startup has been busy recruiting a team of "genetics superstars." Among them: Hal Barron, the chief medical officer for pharma giant Roche (set to be Calico's R&D chief); senior Genentech oncologist Robert Cohen; and renowned anti-aging researcher Cynthia Kenyon.
- Google has reportedly committed "hundreds of millions" of dollars to Calico, and has hired Apple/Genentech chairman Arthur Levinson to be its CEO.
- Eric Schmidt says the NSA scandal led Google to seriously consider moving all its U.S. servers out of the country. Though ultimately deeming such a move "impractical," Schmidt says it's still "an interesting idea" given U.S. surveillance efforts. For now, Google is settling for encrypting all traffic moving between its data centers.
- Benedict Evans takes a look at the massive proliferation of cheap hardware running on Android and ARM-based (ARMH) CPUs, a trend that now extends well beyond smartphones/tablets. "Android/ARM has become a new de facto platform for any piece of smart connected electronics ... The cost of putting a real computer with an internet connection into a product is collapsing."