Shortly after the news broke earlier this week that Facebook had bought Oculus VR for $2 billion, Minecraft developer Markus “Notch” Persson took to the interwebs to declare that Minecraft integration with the Oculus Rift would be canceled, something about Oculus being a sellout and Facebook being evil. Because Minecraft would never sell out like that. Never. Nope.
The Oculus Rift has gotten nothing but love as the future of virtual reality and VR gaming, and has even prompted Sony to create a similar VR technology for the PS4. And then today, out of the blue, Facebook announced it had bought Oculus VR for $2 billion. But why would Facebook want to pay so much money for the manufacturer or virtual reality goggles? Apparently, they’re hoping to eventually have virtual games, virtual videos and virtual classrooms as part of Facebook. Oh for fuck’s sake, get ready for Candy Crush VR.
"I’m no expert but up close this does look like a plane and an oil slick. http://www.tomnod.com/nod/challenge/malaysiaairsar2014/map/128148 … prayers go out to the families #MH370 and its like a mile away Pulau Perak, where they “last” tracked it 5°39’08.5”N 98°50’38.0”E but what do I know?”
This morning, Facebook announced Paper, a beautifully designed reimagining of Facebook that may make it so you never actually use Facebook’s regular app ever again. In short, FB just blew itself out of the water. Taking design cues from the likes of Flipboard, Medium and Google +, Paper strips the linear nature out of the normal FB feed and gives you a swipe and gesture happy full screen news, photo and video app. Oh, and it’s ad free for right now at least. Oh, and it’s only for iPhone and only in the US, and you can’t get it right now, you’ll have to wait until Monday, February 3rd.
Just as Facebook bought Instagram right before their own photo app launch, they also tried throwing a whopping $3 billion at Snapchat to get them out of the picture so Facebook could launch a very similar self-destruct messaging app. Unlike the Instagram deal however, Snapchat execs told Facebook to take their money and shove it straight up their ass. Or something to that effect. Shit, I’ll take three billion. Give me.