Facebook Employees Who Created Second Life Celebrate Facebook Becoming Virtual Worlds Company
For my money, this is the best Facebook update about Facebook acquiring Oculus Rift from a Facebook staffer (not counting Mark Zuckerberg) is this one from Facebook engineer Jim Purbrick, wryly welcoming Facebook arrival as a virtual worlds company:
Jim Purbrick, of course, was known as Babbage Linden when he worked for Linden Lab, which he left in 2010, joining Facebook last year, where many fomer Lindens also work, including engineer Ian Wilkes, and chief among them, former Linden Lab Chief Technology Officer Cory Ondrejka, who now heads up Facebook's mobile division.
Speaking of Facebook, Oculus Rift founder Palmer Lucky just dispelled some popular misconceptions about the acquisition, along with offering some tantalizing hints:
No, you will not need a Facebook account to use or develop for Oculus Rift, no, Facebook tech will not be tied into the VR system. And the $2 billion is going into making custom hardware, building out the staff, and most interestingly, "huge investments in content". Wonder what those will be?
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