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FarmVille for Oculus Rift
Here’s one that came out of nowhere. Today, Facebook has announced that they’re going to buy Oculus for a cool $2 billion. You read that right: Facebook is going to buy the company behind one of the most promising virtual reality headsets we’ve seen to date.
The press release states that while gaming is the primary focus for the headset, several other groups are experimenting with VR in other applications with Facebook joining them. It also states that they believe VR might just emerge as the next social media platform with Mark Zuckerberg stating that “Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate.”
The deal will be made up of about $400 million in cash and 23 million shares in Facebook stock, roughly worth $1.6 billion. The deal is expected to close in Q2 2014. And don’t worry; Oculus will still continue to work on their Rift headset.
Source: Facebook Newsroom
Having mined the leaked database themselves
After Adobe got hacked and 38 million accounts were leaked, Facebook is prompting its users to change their password if they used the same login details on Adobe’s website. Other services like Soap.com and Diapers.com have also done something similar.
But you may ask, how do these websites know? It appears that Facebook has gotten ahold of these 38 million entries and is mining through all of them, checking to see which details match with their own set of IDs. Despite the fact that Adobe used a single encryption key, thus allowing anyone who calculates it access to every password, I’m not entirely sure what to think of companies rolling through the leaks in the name of better security. That said, this notification does serve as a reminder to use a unique password for every website you register on.