by J. Odel via Venturebeat.com
“Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow,” said Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, in a brief explanation of why his company is buying Oculus.
Oculus makes Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headseat (pictured above) for immersive, 3D gaming.
The deal includes $400 million in cash, 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock, and a potential $300 million earn-out for good behavior. The transaction should be complete by June 2014 at the latest.
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by Don Reisinger via cnet.com
Three prominent figures in the technology world have invested serious cash into a company that's trying to make a major move in artificial intelligence.
Tesla chief Elon Musk, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and actor and venture capitalist Ashton Kutcher have invested $40 million into Vicarious, a company that's studying the human brain's neocortex and attempting to translate its function to computer code, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
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The wake up call...
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by Dean Takashi via Venturebeat.com
In hot pursuit of the $16 billion-plus Facebook and WhatsApp merger, China’s Alibaba is leading a massive $280 million round in mobile messaging network Tango, which brings social fun and entertainment to chatting on your smartphone.
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"Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance." - Nikola Tesla
by David Fischer via highsnobiety.com
Google is officially getting into wearables, as many have expected for months already. The company has announced Android Wear today, a version of the operating system designed specifically for wearable devices. Also as expected, the operating system will first be living on watches, as seen in the above video that released today.
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by Danielle Wiener-Bronner via thewire.com
Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk has some choice words for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over new regulations, passed earlier this week, that prevents Tesla from selling its cars directly to consumers in the state. Spoiler alert: he doesn't like it.
In a statement posted to Tesla's website earlier today, addressed "to the people of New Jersey," Musk all but accused Christie of corruption, saying he cutting a shady "backroom deal" with the powerful auto lobby.
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