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Oculus was the future of gaming. Now it’s the future of Facebook.

Photo Illustration: Jason Foral Facebook is buying VR headset company Oculus for $2 billion. The paycheck gets the founders a massive payday, but leaves a bitter taste for its Kickstarter backers, not least the indie game developers who thought they could be a bigger part of that future. For decades, the idea of living inside a virtual reality has captivated developers' imaginations. People inspired by the dream have literally devoted their lives to making virtual reality a reality. It's a simple pursuit with a glorious promise: escape from this world, and into another designed just for you. But there's always been a dark cloud over that endeavor: The possibility that these virtual worlds might become tainted or be misused. It's a major concern, a warning regularly beaten into the minds of those who believed. At long last, a hero emerged. Oculus made it possible to dip your head into the simplest of these worlds, to really feel like you had escaped our shared reality into another. The poetry written about its promise flowed deep and strong.

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Twitter Now Lets You Tag People in Tweets Without Using Any Characters

Twitter is growing up, and the latest new feature set includes the ability to tag up to 10 people in a photo as well as the ability to add up to four photos to a tweet. But—and this is big—those tags won't count towards the total character limit. Suddenly, tweets seem kind of big.

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Honda Goes Full-Blown Anime With Its Latest Bonkers Bike | Autopia | Wired.com

Underneath the jet fighter-like bodywork is a drivetrain pulled straight from Honda’s parts bin. Its 745cc twin-cylinder engine is from the the NC750X, as is the dual-clutch transmission. Riders can choose between fully automatic shifting, or manual gear selection using triggers mounted on the grips. That might sound vaguely futuristic to some, but Honda’s offered the tech on some models for more than five years . Depending on which drivetrain mode you chose, the backlit dashboard will change between white (neutral), blue (automatic), pink (sport), and red (manual shift). If that’s not enough variety, the dash can be set to one of 25 colors to create a custom display.

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Building PRISM-Proof Web Services | MIT Technology Review

A big usability challenge is that if anyone loses their password, they can permanently lose access to their information if the server can’t decrypt it, says Feldman. Although Popa says that the design of Mylar allows for the addition of a secure system for password recovery. Business challenges range from the added expense of building a more secure system, to the fact that many online companies rely on being able to crunch user data to make money from ads, says Feldman. He says Mylar may catch on in places where protecting data is seen as critical. “Enterprises or governments may be willing to pay for extra security,” he says.

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Nakamoto's Neighbor: My Hunt For Bitcoin's Creator Led To A Paralyzed Crypto Genius

I’ve just asked him if he was involved in the creation of Bitcoin. The 57-year-old man’s almost imperceptible eye movement is his only way of telling me that he was not, and that I’ve spent the last week caught in the same futile windmill-tilting that has ensnared so many other reporters trying to solve the puzzle of Bitcoin’s mysterious creator known only as Satoshi Nakamoto.

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Oculus Primed: Meet the Geniuses Who Finally Mastered Virtual Reality | Game|Life | Wired.com

That doesn’t mean Oculus isn’t considering other display technologies that outperform LCD—and it doesn’t mean they’re not tinkering. As part of their ongoing collaborative work with Valve Software, the two companies worked up a prototype that, along with a number of other improvements that WIRED saw but can’t discuss, utilized an OLED panel. That was the prototype that got them below 20 milliseconds for the first time. It was also the first time that Iribe was able to use the Rift without feeling sick. “I’m one of the most sensitive in the office,” Iribe says. “People always joke that ‘it’s not ready to show Brendan.’ And for the first time, I felt incredibly good.” So where did the OLED panel come from? “We gutted a phone,” says Luckey. They won’t say what phone they gutted, but it’s clear that it’s a Galaxy S4.

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10 More Bodies Found in Washington Mudslide, Unofficial Death Toll Now 24

Candy Toomey, a nearby resident who lives off highway 530 near Arlington, has been using a police-scanner app called Scanner Radio to follow along with updates from local authorities. Her daughter, Kaitlyn, a senior at Arlington High School, said that while she doesn’t know of any classmates still missing in the debris, she was touched Tuesday morning when the school’s principal held a moment of silence over the PA system.

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What Does Apple Think About The Lack Of Diversity In Emojis? We Have Their Response.

The comments section following a Fast Company story titled “ Are Emoji Racist ?” is flooded with notes about people becoming “too sensitive” these days. To that, I ask: How is asking for more inclusive emojis being too sensitive? Equality is important, even in digital winky-face form, and sometimes when it comes to the biggest challenges we face, no step is too small. Although it may “just” be an emoji, representation of all races and genders is an important part of working towards a more equal society.

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It Seems More and More Certain That We Live in a Multiverse

Soon after Guth proposed inflation, the physicists Alexander Vilenkin and Andrei Linde pointed out that the process of inflation can go on forever. Instead of the inflaton energy converting into ordinary particles all throughout the universe, it can convert in some places but not others, creating localized "Big Bangs." Elsewhere inflation continues, eventually producing other separate "universes," eventually an infinite number. From an attempt to explain conditions in the single universe that we see, cosmologists end up predicting a "multiverse."

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How The Most Productive People Nail Networking Without Being Annoying

There are three parts: 1. I am clear about what I want. I'm almost obsessive about returning to my "true north" and being clear with myself what it is I most seek. Productivity is a measure of how well to achieve a goal, so you've got to get really clear on what you want. Right now, I'm furiously developing the thesis of what creates "advantage" in these modern, social times. It's an alternative and more progressive view to Michael Porter's work --the Harvard strategist that shaped the governance and models best suited for the industrial era. I wrote the hypothesis in my second book 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era (which got named by Fast Company as one of the best business books of 2012), but I am now completing the research and formula so that more people can adopt it. This informs a lot of what I put my attention into today.

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Court Orders Turkey to Lift Twitter Ban

The ruling from an Ankara administrative court asks Turkey's telecommunications authority (TIB) to restore access to Twitter, but it's still unclear when Turks will be able to access Twitter freely again. The TIB can appeal the decision, but it should comply with it in the meantime, according to the local newspaper Hurriyet Daily News .

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Hackers Win Trip to Dubai at MashHacks: Travel

"We travel frequently as a part of our jobs, and sometimes we want to just find a quiet spot to relax and get some work done while waiting to board the aircraft," says McClaskie of Breeze. "We wanted to come up with an algorithm to identify quiet spots without paying to sit in a lounge. In addition to that, when we land, we wanted the person who is picking us up to be kept up to date, allowing them to be at the exit on time and in the correct location. By creating something that automated this entire process, we allow the traveling experience to be much less stressful, and a better experience for all."

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IRS says bitcoin is property, not currency

The Internal Revenue Service made its first pronouncement on the issue Tuesday, saying it will treat bitcoin and other virtual currencies like property such as stocks, and not currency, giving a potential boost to investors but imposing extensive record-keeping rules. The rule generally would impose capital-gains taxes, rather than higher regular tax rates, on investors' profits.

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Researchers Use Game Theory to Identify Potential Problems for Bitcoin | MIT Technology Review

Yet signs are emerging of more subtle flaws in the vision of Satoshi Nakamoto (which may or may not be a pseudonym), with analysis suggesting the rules governing how Bitcoin operates as a currency may be far from perfect. Some researchers claim that these rules leave room for cheats to destabilize Bitcoin. Others have concluded that major changes to the currency’s rules will be needed as the number of bitcoins in circulation increases.

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Minecraft Creator Dumps Oculus: 'Facebook Creeps Me Out'

"I definitely want to be a part of VR, but I will not work with Facebook," he said. "Their motives are too unclear and shifting, and they haven’t historically been a stable platform. There’s nothing about their history that makes me trust them, and that makes them seem creepy to me. And I did not chip in ten grand to seed a first investment round to build value for a Facebook acquisition" — that being the money he donated to Oculus VR's Kickstarter campaign .

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Animate Creepy Fantasy Creatures for Our Vine Challenge

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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Twitter adds photo-tagging - CNET

The company said in a blog post that it's making photos "more social" with these new features. Users can tag up to 10 people in a photo and it won't affect the 140 character word count for their tweet. To tag someone, users tap "Who's in this photo?" and then type in the person's username.

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Netflix Acquires Award-Winning Documentary About 3D Printing

"It’s so rare for a film to capture history in the making, and [directors] Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel have done just that in their skillful presentation of the elation and betrayals experienced by young entrepreneurs detailing the groundbreaking technology of 3D printing," Lisa Nishimura, Netflix's vice president of original documentary and comedy, said in a statement.

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Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion

As for a concern many are likely feeling, Zuckerberg admitted advertising could be a way to monetize Oculus headsets, but is something "we need to figure out down the line." The ability to purchase virtual goods using Rift may also be a money-making option.

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http://blog.instagram.com/post/80721172292/200m

To the 50 million of you who’ve joined in the last six months, welcome. We’re so glad you’re here. And from our team to all 200 million of you, thank you for making Instagram great. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create next.

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10 'Game of Thrones' Tumblrs for Your Daily Dose of Westeros

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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3 Myths About Keeping Your Startup a Secret

It can be tough to let go of your secret sauce, but the pros (helpful feedback and trust in your brand) far outweigh the costs.

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North Korea Fires Two Missiles as Obama Talks With Japan, South Korea

North Korea fired two mid-range missiles into the water between Japan and South Korea on Tuesday just as United States President Barack Obama sat down with the leaders of those two nations to discuss increased military cooperation.

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Deadly Washington Landslide May Spur Action on Landslide Warnings

Unlike deadly hazards such as tornadoes and flash floods, for which the U.S. spends billions each year in order to issue advanced watches and warnings, the federal government spends a little under $3 million per year on a national landslide program, according to Jonathan Stock, director of the USGS Innovation Center for Earth Sciences in California.

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Klout acquired for $200 million by Lithium Technologies - Fortune Tech

Early on, Klout's scoring process earned controversy. How valuable is an individual's social pull? Could it be monetized?  And how exactly were Klout scores achieved? To wit, at one point, President Obama ranked lower than tech influencer Robert Scoble, an issue that was remedied with a major redesign in 2012 that offered more accurate scores, as well as further transparency into how scores are measured. Since then, Klout has also expanded with Klout for Business, a portal intended offering deeper analytics to brands, as well as content creation aggregation, so users could share articles and posts with their audience.

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Switzerland to host the first Cybathlon, an Olympics for bionic athletes

"The rules of the competition are made in such way that the novel technology will give the pilot an advantage over a pilot that would use a comparable but less advanced or conventional assistive technology," the organization says on its website. "There will be as few technical constraints as possible, in order to encourage the device providers to develop novel and powerful solutions."

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51% of March Madness Fans Follow the Tournament at Work [CHART]

A new survey from tech company SOASTA shows that more than half of March Madness fans follow the tournament on their smartphones at work — even during conference calls and while they're receiving performance reviews.

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California State Senator Arrested on Charges of Bribery and Corruption

California State Sen. Leland Yee has been indicted on charges of public corruption as a part of multiple arrests made by the FBI in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, Calif. on Wednesday morning, according to multiple sources .

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17 Mobile Apps to Help you Discover New Music

Indeed, discovery is the main thrust of what Soundwave is about. Users can follow one another and see each other’s activity in a feed as they listen to music. In most cases, you’ll receive an instant 30-second preview of songs that other people are listening to. Tap on any song and you can browse related content on YouTube and SoundCloud, or procure a download if you’re sufficiently enamored by it. In the iOS version, you can also create playlists .

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Obama Talks Climate Change in James Cameron's Showtime Documentary

The interview is in keeping with the mission of the series, which is to take a science-based deep dive into the multifaceted threats climate change poses, as well as the array of available solutions. The series, which was funded in part by Cameron, was shot in far-flung locations as varied as the Greenland ice sheet, Indonesia, and the burning forests of the American West.

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13 March Madness Fans in a Frenzy Over Basketball

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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Astronomers Surprised to Find Asteroid With Rings - Wired Science

For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered a ring system surrounding an asteroid. The finding is a complete surprise to planetary scientists, who are yet unsure exactly how such rings could have formed.

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Hey Ya! Lollapalooza Lineup Features Outkast, Eminem, Lorde and More

Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Arctic Monkeys will perform as headliners for the Chicago-based music festival in Grant Park from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3. Meanwhile, Grammy-winning teen sensation Lorde is among Lollapalooza first-timers.

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The Curious Nature of Sharing Cascades on Facebook | MIT Technology Review

One of the defining features of social content is the way pictures, video and text is shared among many users. Inevitably, some content becomes more popular than others and this leads to cascades in which the number of reshares can be huge. While most pieces of media have only a few shares, some are reshared many millions of times.

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Lego's Latest 'Simpsons' Minifigures Are Diddly-Delightful

Each minifigure appears to come with its own character-defining accessory, like a Squishee soft drink for Apu or a newspaper for Grandpa. The series also features new accessories for each member of the Simpsons family, including a doughnut for Homer and a saxophone for Lisa. The Simpsons and Ned Flanders minifigures come included in the Lego Simpsons house set , which went on sale in early February.

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How to Measure Progress in Your Personal Goals

Buster even sets out a plan that you can follow for your own  monthly goals review . Yours will probably depend on what kind of goals you want to track. For instance, Buster’s example includes tracking the interests you’re paying attention to and the most important people in your life. I used to include a section in my review that noted what I’d invested time or money into for the past month, but I decided it wasn’t helping me to understand my progress, so I cut it out.

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Renewables Aren't Enough. Clean Coal Is the Future - Wired Science

Dependence on coal is not just a Chinese problem, though. Countries around the world—even European nations that tout their environmental track records—have found themselves unable to wean themselves from coal. Germany, though often celebrated for its embrace of solar and wind energy, not only gets more than half its power from coal but opened more coal-fired power plants in 2013 than in any year in the past two decades. In neighboring Poland, 86 percent of the electricity is generated from coal. South Africa, Israel, Australia, Indonesia—all are ever more dependent on coal. (The US is a partial exception: Coal’s share of American electricity fell from 49 percent in 2007 to 39 percent in 2013, largely because fracking has cut the price of natural gas, a competing fuel. But critics note, accurately, that US coal exports have hit record highs; an ever-increasing share of European and Asian coal is red, white, and blue.) According to the World Resources Institute, an environmental research group, almost 1,200 big new coal facilities in 59 countries are proposed for construction.

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Better, Not More: 3 Ways to Maximize Email Marketing Data

The growing popularity of social media and mobile marketing has caused many industry leaders to question whether email marketing is still a relevant consumer marketing channel. In fact, email remains an incredibly powerful and trusted communication vehicle that enables marketers to build long-term relationships with the most loyal and engaged customers.

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The Midas List features technology’s best investors, whose savvy investments have a made a total of $95.2 billion in exits.

Every tech investor dreams of striking gold with a portfolio full of big exits. Here are this year’s best of the best.

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Social Media, Marketing and PR: Who's Responsible for What?

It's no secret that the face of public relations has changed in a major way since the advent of social media, which typically falls under the larger umbrella of general marketing. So who is responsible for what? When does the PR team handle social? Does your business need a separate social media division? What's a growing business to do?

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The Apostasy of World Vision Embracing Gay Marriage

Is this not the height of self-deception? Does World Vision not realize that they have just exponentially increased that "tearing apart" of believers? Do they actually think that this divisive, destructive policy change will unite Christians around serving the poor? Does their board, which overwhelmingly approved the policy, actually feel that they have not "jump[ed] into the fight on one side or another on this issue"? It would be like saying, "Because politics can be so divisive and we don't want to get into the fight, we'll just vote for the Democrats."

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Gay Firefox developers boycott Mozilla to protest CEO hire (Updated)

Eich's own statement , posted on his personal blog in 2012, did not speak to the specific reasons for his $1,000 donation in support of Prop 8. After claiming that "the donation [did] not constitute evidence of animosity," he denounced naysayers by saying that they were "not providing a reasoned argument." He offered no clarification on that point. Eich concluded the piece by saying, "I do not insist that anyone agree with me on a great many things, including political issues, and I refrain from putting my personal beliefs in others’ way in all matters Mozilla, JS, and Web. I hope for the same in return."

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Reddit Raises $55K in Dogecoin to Sponsor 'Underdog' NASCAR Driver

Dusenberry's instincts proved to be correct, as the community reached its $55,000 (or 67 million dogecoin) fundraising goal, officially making dogecoin the sponsor of Wise's No. 98 race car. Wise expressed his enthusiasm and gratitude, saying "I can't thank the dogecoin and Reddit community enough for the support. To the moon!"

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The Future of Virtual Reality

I’ve always loved games. They’re windows into worlds that let us travel somewhere fantastic. My foray into virtual reality was driven by a desire to enhance my gaming experience; to make my rig more than just a window to these worlds, to actually let me step inside them. As time went on, I realized that VR technology wasn’t just possible, it was almost ready to move into the mainstream. All it needed was the right push.

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Just How Safe Is BASE Jumping From the World Trade Center?

The video above shows one jumper landing on an almost-deserted street early in the morning in front of the Goldman Sachs building near the Freedom Tower. Though it's unclear how police eventually identified the men, their stunt was captured by cameras on other buildings, which is likely what launched the investigation. From there, Parlatore doesn't think the investigators' job was too difficult.

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Secrets Of Earth's Past Discovered In Famous Paintings

Turns out there's way more to art than its aesthetic appeal. New research by Greek and German scientists suggests that some of the world's most celebrated landscape paintings may reveal information about pollution levels in Earth's past that could help them predict future climate change.

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What Is Oculus Rift — and Why Should You Care?

The device, which has roots on Kickstarter , is not yet on the market, but the surrounding hype has been unprecedented. Oculus VR put the product on Kickstarter about a year and a half ago — and on Tuesday, turned its a pipe dream of becoming a real product into a $2 billion acquisition offer. It's a three-way win — for Oculus, Kickstarter and Facebook — and could also revolutionize the way people interact with others online.

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8 Key Takeaways about Social Media and News

As news organizations  work to understand how consumers interact with digital news, the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project, in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, delved into how news is functioning in the social media space. Here, Pew Research pulls together eight key takeaways on what we learned in 2013 and early 2014 about social media and news.

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The Search For The Next Platform – AVC

So for the next few years (I have no idea how long this search for what’s next will go on), a game to be playing is building a platform that can plausibly be the next big thing. It’s a risky game. But the payoff can be large. And you can even start by crowdfunding your first round. Man I love this business.

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