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Facebook may push Oculus to consumer hardware

Facebook may push Oculus to consumer hardware

This week Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stood onstage at F8, the social network's developer conference, and spoke about Oculus VR. Zuckerberg showed how 360-degree spherical video would be making its way to Facebook's main news feed with the help of Oculus VR. This same content would be coming to Oculus Rift some time after it'd hit the main news feed. With the Samsung Gear VR (made in collaboration with Oculus VR), the company would also be showing a "Teleportation Station" to give people a glimpse of their offices from a remote location.

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Oculus Rift release in 2015 as real as The Matrix

Oculus Rift release in 2015 as real as The Matrix

This week Michael Abrash, Chief Programmer for Oculus VR, spoke about what virtual reality was, and what it'll be to you in the near future. He made a point to mention Ready Player One and Snow Crash as inspirations to him for the beginnings of Virtual Reality. He also made mention of The Matrix - his one, true inspiration for the way Virtual Reality can be interpreted as. "If you are talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see," he said, quoting Morpheus, "then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain."

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Facebook’s 10 year plan: AI, VR, and the flying web

Facebook’s 10 year plan: AI, VR, and the flying web

Facebook may be best known for providing a route for former schoolfriends to annoy you with their baby photos, but the social site is also looking to bring the next generation of internet users online and give developers the tools to lure them. A combination of virtual reality, vast data centers, newly open-sourced coding tools, and innovative and less expensive web-delivery systems like drones were all on the agenda for Facebook’s second day F8 2015 keynote, along with how to teach an artificial intelligence about Lord of the Rings.

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Facebook F8 2015: here’s what happened on day one

Facebook F8 2015: here’s what happened on day one

Today the 2015 version of Facebook's developer conference, F8 2015 that is, started with notes on IoT, Messenger, and sharing videos. The unveiling of Facebook's near future really started earlier this week with rumor that Facebook Messenger would become a platform and some keen dialer testing. Facebook also suggested (again, earlier this week) that they wanted to host the news, not just link to it. Facebook's "On This Day" also started off with a bang in-line. All came to fruition this morning in California.

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Mark Zuckerberg teases 360 VR video in Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg teases 360 VR video in Facebook

"Soon we're going to start supporting spherical video in newsfeed," said Zuckerberg, "and soon we're going to be supporting spherical video in VR, in your VR headset." Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed interest in VR several years ago - well before the company purchased Oculus VR. Here in 2015, it's clear that the future of Facebook includes more than just sharing text, and more than just sharing photos. Facebook will soon be sharing spherical video - not just video, but video that allows you to look around in all directions.

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Facebook wants to host the news, not just share it

Facebook wants to host the news, not just share it

Facebook may be a major source of eyeballs for online news, but the social site is reportedly hoping to not only direct readers to stories but host those articles too, as it tries to keep surfers on its site and happy. Mark Zuckerberg & Co. are said to be in negotiations with a number of high-profile publishers, including BuzzFeed and National Geographic, to host content on Facebook's own servers rather than direct shared links externally. The strategy would help cut loading times, which are said to be a key concern at Facebook as it tries to ensure its users stick around, particularly on mobile devices.

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Twitter curbs Meerkat’s piggybacking on social network

Twitter curbs Meerkat’s piggybacking on social network

Last week we reported on an unexpected startup called Meerkat that let you livestream not over YouTube but over Twitter. It was a rather ambitious and daring business and we wondered if it would eventually run afoul of Twitter. That it did and its time in the spotlight might have been short-lived. The social networking giant has confirmed that it has just limited Meerkat's access to Twitter's social graph, removing one of the features that actually made Meerkat far more interesting than you usual livestreaming wnnabe.

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The Guardian “clarifies” its Whisper allegations

The Guardian “clarifies” its Whisper allegations

After making a big stink about the issue last year, The Guardian is "clarifying" some of the accusations it flung in anonymous messaging service Whisper's face. Although The Guardian states that these are just clarifications and that the substance of its original reports remains true, those same clarifications have actually removed much of that substance which has painted Whisper as a villainous agent in the service of Big Brother. Now it seems that Whisper, while still reporting some things to the authorities, might not be so devious after all.

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Google hires Twitter’s data guy

Google hires Twitter’s data guy

Google just hired one of the most important people at Twitter to join their team as Trends Data Editor. Not that Simon Rogers is going to make or break a company like Twitter, but the ability to do what he did for Twitter - and what he'll be doing for Google - is really, really is an important role. Especially for the public, seeing how events explode in a virtual way, seeing that sort of thing clearly, and easily - that's what Rogers does.

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Google+ is being dismantled, and that’s a good thing

Google+ is being dismantled, and that’s a good thing

In a recent chat with Forbes, Google’s Sundar Pichai turned a few heads by noting Google+ would be considered as parts — not the sum of those parts. Rather than a social network, Plus would be a stream. And Photos. And Communications. Adding a bit of fuel to the fire was the subsequent dismissal/resignation of Dave Besbris as the head of Google+. Besbris took over for Vic Gundotra, who spearheaded Plus from inception. With a new boss in Bradley Horowitz, the circumstance around Plus might sound confusing. That’s because they kind of are.

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