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Google Glass distribution begins this week

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google Inc. is starting to distribute its new Internet-connected glasses, something seen as the next breakthrough in mobile computing.

Google has picked 8,000 people in the United States who entered a contest. They will have to pay $1,500 apiece for a test version of Google Glass. The company also took an unspecified number of orders from programmers.

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Google said Wednesday it started making the glasses available Tuesday, though it may take weeks for recipients to get them.

The excitement stems from a belief that Google Glass is at the forefront of a new wave of technology known as ‘‘wearable computing.’’ Published reports say that Google, Apple Inc. and others also are working on Internet-connected wristwatches.

Google hopes to lower prices by the time Glasses are on the mass market next year.

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