Originally posted on Gigaom:

If the past month’s activity is any indication, Facebook (s fb) and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are planning an ambitious roadmap. Tuesday’s acquisition of Oculus VR for $2 billion   shows that the company wants to ensure its longevity after social media has hit its saturation point. The  dive into virtual reality might seem rash in 2014, but it makes more sense a few years down the line.

So what might Facebook look like in 2020, with VR on its side? Here’s a couple of threads it could explore:

Double down on games

A more concerted effort in gaming is the most natural extension of the work that Oculus VR has already done Within a few years, the company could establish a cross-platform VR experience, offering a games platform similar to Valve’s Steam: cross-platform VR and social games available for purchase directly through the website.

Oculus reaffirmed its commitment to gaming in a blog post about the acquisition:

“Over…

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Originally posted on Gigaom:

It seems everyone wants to get into payments processing game. First there were reports of Apple launching a mobile payments network built on the back of iTunes, and now the Wall Street Journal is saying Amazon(s amzn) has the same idea, using its Kindle line and relationship with millions of online shoppers to build a point-of-sale payments platform that could compete with the likes of both Verifone(s pay) and Square.

Though Amazon’s plans aren’t firmly set, it’s supposedly weighing a two-sided payments model that would allow it to sell Kindle tablets and accompanying credit card processing technology to brick-and-mortar retailers as well as sell consumers a kind of digital wallet, the Journal reported.

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That wallet in the most basic sense might simply link a customer’s Amazon account to the point-of-sale network, allowing customers to take advantage of coupons or promotions distributed by Amazon. The Journal’s unnamed sources, however, said Amazon…

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Originally posted on Preservation in Pink:

The Giant Stride remains a popular topic on Preservation in Pink, and it brings a smile to my face when a reader sends along a “newly discovered” giant stride or shares a story. Today’s giant stride sits in City Park on Highway 20 in Hines, Oregon. Zoom in and you’ll see that the chains/ladders are still in operation.

Giant Stride in Hines, OR. Photo and information courtesy of Kristen Zschomler.

Giant Stride in Hines, OR. Photo and information courtesy of Kristen Zschomler.

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Originally posted on PandoDaily:

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It’s been a tough two months for bitcoin in China. Trading activity has fallen precipitously since December 5 when China’s central bank (PBOC) warned financial institutions to avoid accepting the digital currency. This temporarilly cut off the ability for the region’s largest exchanges to accept new RNB (Chinese Renminbi) deposits. Around the same time, BTC China, then the world’s largest exchange, eliminated its no-fee trading offer. It was a one, two punch that stunted a regional market that was until that point one, for better or for worse, of the largest drivers of the global bitcoin economy.

Today, BTC China and thus the Chinese market as a whole took an important step back their bitcoin glory days. BTC China announced that it will once again accept new customer deposits. In an unexpected wrinkle, it will accept those deposits directly into its corporate bank account, rather than through third-party…

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Originally posted on Gigaom:

The official Moto X announcement is just days away, but the rumor mill is churning stronger than ever. The latest news comes from Taylor Wimberly, formerly of Android and Me, who claims the phone will feature a gapless design through the use of Moto Magic Glass.

According to Wimberly, Magic Glass is a specially designed form of Gorilla Glass that actually wraps around the sides of the phone, so there’s no gap between the screen and the back of the device. Not only should this look pretty snazzy, but it’ll also help Motorola pack a ton of screen into the phone’s design with nary a drop of wasted space.

Gorilla Glass has become the go-to glass for mobile devices for its incredibly high scratch and impact resistance. Corning, the maker of Gorilla Glass, is trying to get its super-tough glass into laptops now as well. But durability isn’t the…

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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Known as one of Silicon Valley’s smartest observers of social media, Altimeter Group analyst Brian Solis is now thinking way beyond Twitter and Facebook. The future of digital business, Solis says, is “shared experiences”.

Shared experiences. WTF?

Yes, exactly. In his lavishly illustrated new book (itself a memorable media experience), What’s The Future of Business (WTF): Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences, Solis reminds us that all new technology businesses must be experiential. Rather than Facebook, Solis says, the future is businesses like Uber which not only solve a problem but also provide a memorable experience. “Every time I get into an Uber car,” Solis says, “I want to hear stories from drivers.” And he’s bullish too about healthcare businesses built around quantified self technology like fitbit. Experience, experience, experience, Solis says. That’s the future of business.

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