I’ve succesfully completed the Astrobiology course of The University of Edinburg offered by Coursera. The last lecture discussed the various methods used to find earth sized exoplanets.
ESO stated on February 18th that the exoplanet imager SPERE was shiped to Chile. SPERE will be used to discover giant exoplanets close to the star of that solar system. The first results are expected late 2014. Life on such planet is highly unlikely, because of the high temperatures.
You may read more on SPHERE here: http://www.eso.org/public/announcements/ann14013/