2Q EARNINGS: Facebook, Oculus VR, and the Next Generation of Computing Platforms

By David Cohen 

Facebook’s acquisition of immersive virtual reality technology company Oculus VR officially closed earlier this week, and Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took some time during the social network’s second-quarter earnings call Wednesday to discuss how the combination of the two companies could impact the future of computing.

Responding to a question from Colin Sebastian Analyst Robert Baird, Zuckerberg said:

I can talk about Oculus. So we’re really excited about this the acquisition that just closed earlier this week and we’re really excited to welcome that team. They’re extremely talented, and they’ve pulled off something that people have been talking about for a really long time, and now it’s possible, given the technology that this team has developed. And this hits on a different part of our strategy, which — the way that I organize my remarks every quarter are around these 10-year goals and themes that we have for the company, connecting everyone, understanding the world, helping to build the knowledge economy and these future platforms. So when I’m talking about how I think things like the businesses that we’re talking about are further out than you think, I think that this stuff is actually even further out than that.

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Comic-Con 2014: We Go ‘Into the Storm’ with Oculus Rift

We brave the eye of the storm with the virtual reality headset.

By Paul Carmino Tamburro

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has become well-known for putting its users in uncomfortably realistic situations, but none of these situations could possibly be more pant-wettingly terrifying than being caught in the eye of a storm. Thankfully, CraveOnline went through this ordeal so you don’t have to.

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Microsoft linked to eye-tracking VR headset, possibly to one-up Oculus

UPDATED Could it have gaming in mind?

By Hugh Langley

TechRadar was recently told by sources that Microsoft is still well behind Oculus Rift in terms of its virtual reality plans, and a new report seems to echo that fact - but there's a possibility that Redmond may soon leap into first place.

Microsoft is apparently sniffing around the company behind FOVE, which is claimed to be the world's first head-mounted eye-tracking display.

The creators have just been accepted into Microsoft Ventures London, a programme set up to help promising tech start-ups get off the ground.

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