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Mark Zuckerberg dismisses VR allegations

  • Author:Dave Lee (reporter)
  • Source:BBC
  • Release on:2017-01-18

  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appeared in court on Tuesday - suited, booted and apparently unfazed by accusations his company stole innovative virtual reality technology.

  A day’s worth of questioning in the Dallas courtroom yielded few surprises, other than confirmation that Facebook’s deal to buy VR company Oculus was even more expensive than first publicised.

  As well as the $2bn (£1.6bn) fee announced back in 2014, another $1bn was paid out in order to keep key staff on the Oculus team and to provide incentives. 

  The 32-year-old, who has also used his time in Dallas to visit community groups, appeared to have little patience for the claims made by Zenimax, the company that alleges its software was stolen in order to make Oculus a success.

  "It’s pretty common when you announce a big deal that people just come out of the woodwork and claim they own some part of the deal," he told the court after being called as a witness.

  Much of Mr Zuckerberg's appearance on the stand - his first time testifying in a court room - was spent discussing his views on the future of virtual reality.

  He told the court room he had filmed the first steps of his daughter, Max, in VR as it was the best way to capture such a moment.

  However he added that the technology wasn't "fully there yet". At recent events, Mr Zuckerberg has outlined how he sees virtual reality as an integral part of the network’s 10-year strategy.

  The trial, into its fifth day, is expected to last around three weeks.

  Later this week it is expected that Palmer Luckey, the co-founder of Oculus, will be called to the stand. The 24-year-old stirred controversy last year when it emerged he was funding an online trolling campaign supporting Donald Trump.

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