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A paparazzi photograph of Snapchat Chief Executive Evan Spiegel prematurely revealed the Los Angeles company’s first piece of consumer electronics: a pair of video camera sunglasses. Though it spoiled the surprise delivered last week, the fact that Spiegel felt comfortable wearing the shades where...

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    Snapchat to sell Spectacles, sunglasses with an embedded camera

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