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Google Acquires Webcam Gesture Recognition Startup Flutter

Google has acquired gesture recognition startup Flutter, which takes input via a computer webcam rather than a dedicated device, in order to control programs like Spotify, iTunes, VLC and Quicktime. In its announcement of the deal on its homepage, Flutter said it would continue its research at Google and keep its own app up and running. The company was backed with $1.4 million from Andreessen Horowitz, NEA, Spring Ventures and Y Combinator. A Google spokesperson said, “We’re really impressed by the Flutter team’s ability to design new technology based on cutting-edge research.”


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work