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Facebook's virtual reality ambitions could be threatened by court order


Facebook Inc's big ambitions in the nascent virtual reality industry could be threatened by a court order that would prevent it from using critical software code another company claims to own, according to legal and industry experts.

U.S. justices skeptical of sex offender social media ban

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared poised to strike down a North Carolina law barring convicted sex offenders from Facebook and other social media services, with justices noting the expansive role such online tools play in today's society.

Ghosts of past tech IPOs could haunt Snap's performance

Snap Inc appears set to make a splash next week with the biggest tech stock debut since Facebook Inc, but history suggests investors shut out of the initial public offering would be better off waiting a bit to chase this unicorn on the open market. | Video

Tech, Feb 24 2017

Pro-Kremlin politicians warn Trump could unleash new arms race

MOSCOW Russian politicians close to the Kremlin said on Friday U.S. President Donald Trump's declared aim of putting the U.S. nuclear arsenal "at the top of the pack" risked triggering a new Cold War-style arms race between Washington and Moscow.

World, Russia, Feb 24 2017

Game company seeks to block Facebook from using virtual reality code

Video game publisher ZeniMax Media Inc., which earlier this month won a $500 million verdict against Facebook Inc.’s Oculus virtual reality unit for unauthorized copying of computer code, has asked a federal judge to block Oculus from using the code in its products.

Tech, Feb 23 2017

Keen singer to police cell - Vietnamese suspect in Kim murder

The Vietnamese woman suspected of helping to kill the North Korean leader's half-brother was a keen singer whose Facebook pages featured pouting portraits and pictures of parties.

World, North Korea, Feb 22 2017

Exclusive: Facebook in talks to live stream one MLB game per week - sources

NEW YORK Facebook Inc is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season, which could be a key win as the social media platform works to offer more live sports, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Sports, Tech, Feb 21 2017

Tuesday Morning Briefing: Trump's pick is known for saying superiors “want criticism”

President Donald Trump named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser Monday afternoon. McMaster, a highly regarded military tactician, is known for challenging his superiors. That’s been detrimental to McMaster in the past – he was passed over for promotion to brigadier general twice, in 2006 and 2007 – and some observers wonder how he’ll interact with an administration that hasn’t welcomed criticism.

China, France, Greece, Iraq, Israel Feb 21 2017

Facebook CEO warns against reversal of global thinking

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg laid out a vision on Thursday of his company serving as a bulwark against rising isolationism, writing in a letter to users that the company's platform could be the "social infrastructure" for the globe. | Video

Tech, Feb 17 2017

Facebook says Irish challenge to U.S. data transfers 'deeply flawed'

DUBLIN Facebook said on Thursday a legal challenge against the way it transfers EU user data to the United States was "deeply flawed" and should not be referred to the EU's top court because ample privacy protections were already in place.

Tech, Feb 16 2017