Some Oculus employees weren’t sure if Facebook was creepy or evil

By Francis Thibodeau

  Editor’s note: Below this introduction is an unedited excerpt from The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality, a book by Blake J. Harris released Tuesday from Dey Street, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. At first glance, the story behind Oculus VR, a company co-founded by teenage wunderkind…

Lyft’s electric scooters hit the streets of Santa Monica

By Francis Thibodeau

Lyft is getting a jump start in the scooter wars. The ride-hailing company launched dockless, rentable electric scooters on Monday in its second city — Santa Monica, California. It rolled out the vehicles in Denver earlier this month. Its rival Uber has yet to introduce e-scooters to city streets. ‘What we’ve seen in the last…

Samsung is trying to turn your refrigerator into Tinder

By Francis Thibodeau

The way to your heart might actually be through your fridge. That’s what Samsung is hoping, at least. While you might mostly associate Samsung with phones, tablets and TVs, the electronics giant is trying to make inroads into your love life by launching a dating app called Refrigerdating. Yup. Refrigerdating. The free app works with…

Want this fancy bitcoin watch? You’ll have to pay in bitcoin

By Francis Thibodeau

If you’re still waiting for the bitcoin revolution as the famed cryptocurrency turns 10, you can at least track the passage of time with a bitcoin-themed watch. But put away your cash and credit cards. If you want a Big Bang Meca-10 P2P limited-edition timepiece, you’ll have to pay with virtual money. Bitcoin, naturally. The…