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Facebook Bets $2 Billion on Virtual Reality (Financial Times)
Facebook is making a $2 billion bet that virtual reality headsets will be the next big social platform after computers and smartphones, with the sudden acquisition of Oculus VR. The deal marks an unexpected move by the world’s largest social network into the hardware business, at a time when arch-rival Google is investing in robots, its own Google Glass headset and other long-term ventures. Facebook believes that virtual reality’s applications could extend beyond gaming into entertainment and education. AllFacebook The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter, and it is comprised of $400 million in cash, 23.1 million shares of Facebook class-A common stock (worth $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of $69.35 for the 20 trading days leading up to March 21) and $300 million in potential cash and stock based on reaching certain unspecified milestones. Facebook said in its announcement that more than 75,000 orders have been placed for Oculus Rift development kits, adding that it plans to help Oculus expand into verticals including communications and media. Adweek The Irvine, Calif.-based company’s Rift headset covers the eyes of users and plants them in a virtual reality world in which they can play games, watch movies and interact in new ways. GigaOM Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that he sees Oculus as an opportunity to move beyond the console and toward ubiquitous computing. He doesn’t expect Facebook to make money off of selling Oculus hardware; instead, it might become a ubiquitous world for communication that might contain advertising. “Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home,” Zuckerberg explained. Bloomberg The deal follows a spate of acquisitions that Facebook has used to build up its mobile business. Last month, the company agreed to purchase messaging application WhatsApp for $19 billion. In 2012, Facebook bought mobile photo-sharing program Instagram for about $700 million. Facebook had $11.4 billion in cash and investments at the end of 2013.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Lane Kiffin Gets the Next Media Animation Treatment

You know things are bad when you get the wacky animated Taiwanese Next Media Animation treatment.

A day after a USC student manager was fired for deflating footballs during last week’s game against Oregon, head coach Lane Kiffin and the Trojans were mocked by our friends in Taiwan.

How soon before Kiffin joins Mike Brown on the unemployment line?

Lane Kiffin Still Doing Lane Kiffin Like Things

After banning Daily News reporter Scott Wolf last week, you would think USC football head coach Lane Kiffin would get his act together and stop jerking around the media.

Yeah, not so much.

Kiffin was up to his usual antics on Wednesday with a press conference that lasted less than 30 seconds.

He really doesn’t like talking about injuries.

Photo: USC Reporters Mesmerized by Car Chase

This photo of USC football reporters sums up how most of us felt in Los Angeles this morning while watching the awesome car chase that saw two bank robbery suspects tossing money from their vehicle while driving through the streets of South Los Angeles.

I hope USC doesn’t ban them for watching this while on campus.

[H/T Ryan Abraham]

USC Football Billboard Removed from Westwood

You know college football is right around the corner when billboards featuring the opposition start popping up in each other’s neighborhood.

A USC billboard went up on Westwood Boulevard and Lindbrook Drive featuring USC quarterback and Heisman Trophy favorite Matt Barkley with the words “WE PLAY TO FINISH.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, it’s one of 30 billboards that are featured throughout Los Angeles.

Well, make that 29.

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USC QB Matt Barkley Covers Sports Illustrated

Quarterback Matt Barkley and USC are one of five teams sharing the honor of gracing Sports Illustrated‘s college football preview issue, which hit newsstands on Wednesday.

The other teams/quarterbacks are: Alabama (A.J. McCarron), Oklahoma (Landry Jones), West Virginia (Geno Smith) and Michigan (Denard Robinson).

Sports Illustrated has the Trojans losing in the BCS national title game to Alabama. We shall see.

UCLA’s Jim Mora Apologizes for Safety Remark

A new coach at USC or UCLA doesn’t truly earn their stripes until they take a swipe at the crosstown opposition.

Stripes earned, Jim Mora.

The new head coach of the UCLA football team joined Roger Lodge on the radio Wednesday and it appeared he took a shot at the crime that surrounds the USC campus.

“We don’t have murders a block from our campus,” Mora said regarding life in upscale Westwood.

Even though he didn’t mention USC by name, it was pretty obvious his comment was directed towards his new rival — a school that’s still coping following the murders of two international grad students in April.

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USC Remembers Former Linebacker Junior Seau

Short and sweet, the University of Southern California released a touching tribute video for former linebacker Junior Seau, who was found dead Wednesday from a self-inflicted gunshot.

The 43-year-old sang “Wonderful Tonight” at USC’s Spring Game last month.

USC Football Going National Thanks to ESPN Deal

In the latest sign that USC football has recovered from their two-year postseason ban, ESPN Radio has signed a multi-year deal to land the exclusive national broadcast rights for all home Trojan football games on up to 300 affiliates nationwide.

The new agreement will also provide Spanish-language rights for home and away games on ESPN Deportes Radio in the Los Angeles market.

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USC Football Won’t Sound the Same in 2012

If you’ve been to a USC football game in the past 22 years, you likely know the booming voice of public address announcer Dennis Packer.

Unfortunately for the retired police detective and voice of the San Diego Chargers, it appears Packer will be replaced next season and nobody knows why, according to the Daily Trojan:

Packer said he received a telephone call on March 27, from Craig Kelley, the university’s associate athletic director for marketing, in which Packer was notified he would no longer be needed as the team’s PA announcer and USC was headed in a different direction.

He says he has tried to follow up with the athletic department, as his brief communication with Kelley slightly differs from the release posted online on April 2.

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