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Facebook acquires Oculus VR for $2 billion

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Facebook acquires Oculus VR for $2 billion

Only a week after displaying its newest tech on the GDC expo floor, Oculus VR has reached a “definitive” agreement with Facebook. The social giant will acquire the VR manufacturer for apprximately $2 billion in combined cash and Facebook stocks.

Both Facebook and Oculus VR have commented on the deal, Facebook in their official press release and Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey on Reddit. Luckey was optimistic in his post, reassuring fans:

In the end, I kept coming back to a question we always ask ourselves every day at Oculus: what’s best for the future of virtual reality? Partnering with Mark and the Facebook team is a unique and powerful opportunity. The partnership accelerates our vision, allows us to execute on some of our most creative ideas and take risks that were otherwise impossible. Most importantly, it means a better Oculus Rift with fewer compromises even faster than we anticipated.

Very little changes day-to-day at Oculus, although we’ll have substantially more resources to build the right team. If you want to come work on these hard problems in computer vision, graphics, input, and audio, please apply!

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Comic Issues #123 – #Piracy

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Comic Issues #123 – #Piracy

Could the piracy of TV shows and movies actually be helping the industry? Or is that just something you’d expect a pirate to say?

Join our intrepid adventurers and special guest Leland from Movie Issues as they discuss why piracy exists, and whether or not it’s justified.  Along the way they also bring up drink recipes, peanut butter candy, and what the heck is going on with Hashtags on Facebook.

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Stats Show Just How Obsessed We Are With Facebook

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Stats Show Just How Obsessed We Are With Facebook

There is no denying that Facebook is an incredibly powerful Internet tool in this day and age.  These (attractively) compiled stats definitively prove that Facebook is a force to be reckoned with, and probably means that using the popular social network for marketing and information gathering will increase even further.  After the jump, check out all the stats that were compiled about Facebook users last year.

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Playboy Party Facebook Game Is Now Live

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Playboy Party Facebook Game Is Now Live

GameStop’s social media publisher, Jolt Online, has released Playboy Party (Beta) on Facebook.  I doubted there would be any animated avatar sexiness going on, but it’s out there now. With just looking at the screenshots, it just seems like a Sims-type of game. Create a party house, and have the biggest virtual party you can have.

I expect to see the demographics of this game to be 90% men. Full press release past the break.

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The Social Network

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The Social Network

Full Price Feature

The Social Network has been described, almost dismissively, as the Facebook Movie with that awesome choral Creep preview. Give it a shot. Unlike Facebook itself, The Social Network has no real flaws. Based on Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires, Network focuses on programmer Mark Zuckerberg’s rise from too-smart Harvard hacker to two-fisted lawsuit target and CEO of Facebook. Zuckerberg (played keenly by Jesse Eisenberg) opens the movie with his girlfriend Erica (Rooney Mara) sparring with snappy dialogue in a pub and giving us a tour of his abstract but multi-leveled thought processes. This fantastic opening scene sets Zuckerberg’s character up as an accidental ass, a guy with near-Asbergery obliviousness as to his effect on people yet a completely human need to connect with people and to feel like he’s special by being connected to the right people.

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Facebook Giveaway

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Facebook Giveaway

For all those people that didn’t enter any of our Twitter contests, here is your last chance to win some E3 swag that we have collected.  Instead of giving one thing away each day, we’ll be giving 1 big bag of goodies. What kind of goodies? Go past the break to find out and to learn how to enter. Good luck!

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We finally got a Facebook Page. Do you "LIKE" us?

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We finally got a Facebook Page. Do you "LIKE" us?

Good news everyone!

We finally got a Facebook page.  On this page, we’ll be posting only the good stuff.  Only the featured articles or photos or videos.  We don’t want to spam our page with all of our links.  We’ll just give you the good ones.  So, be a fan of ours and click the LIKE button at the top.

[Pixelated Geek Facebook Fan Page]

LA Starts Facebook Page for Support in Moving Comic Con

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LA Starts Facebook Page for Support in Moving Comic Con

Residents of San Diego have been fortunate to have Comic Con right in their back yard for quite some time now. But sadly, the contract that Comic Con has with the city of San Diego is expiring in 2012. Will they renew it? It’s still too early to tell, but it isn’t stopping other cities from making it known that they want to host Comic Con.

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South Park to Make Fun of Facebook Addicts

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South Park to Make Fun of Facebook Addicts

Tomorrow night, the boys of South Park become the latest victim of social networking. Yes, they get sucked into the world of Facebook. But Stan won’t be poor Kyle’s friend. The episode is called “You Have 0 Friends” and based on this 20 second clip, it already looks hilarious.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1I5Eu47_a8&feature=player_embedded

Google Announces Their Answer to Social Networking

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Google Announces Their Answer to Social Networking

Google announced today the previously rumored social networking features in Gmail with a new product called Google Buzz. It’s obvious that Buzz is a direct answer to Twitter and Facebook. What makes Google an immediate threat to twitter is the leveraging Gmail for the content types allowed and user base it should spread like wild fire. Check out the introduction video after the break. Read On