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Google to stop deactivating Glass if you sell it


When Google Glass originally launched, there were many people who were incredibly eager to get their hands on it, but were not able to because they didn’t attend Google I/O. People who did attend the conference saw this as a huge opportunity for profit and tried to list their Glass units on eBay and other sites. Google quickly put a stop to this, claiming it was against its terms of service and that it would disable any Glass units that unofficially changed owners.

Today, however, Google has changed this policy (via Engadget). While it’s still technically against the terms of service to sell Glass, Google says that has no plans to disable anymore devices.

Q. Is it OK for Explorers to try and sell their devices online? Will you disable the devices if they do this?

A: The Explorer program is about taking Glass out in the world and seeing what’s possible with the technology. We hope our Explorers are excited to do just that. While it’s against our terms of service to sell your device, we don’t plan on disabling any Explorer’s device.

Google also recently started giving current Explorers three invites to hand out to other people interested in the product. It’s clear that the company is now trying to get Glass to as many people as possible before a full-on consumer launch. 

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