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Social Networking Giant Facebook Ships VR Controllers with Hidden Messages

Facebook is set to launch two new VR products — the $399 standalone Oculus VR system and the $399 PC-tethered Oculus Rift S

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A photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York, Feb. 19, 2014. VOA

Facebook has accidentally shipped thousands of virtual reality (VR) controllers with “easter egg” messages inscribed on internal components.

The messages on VR units have phrases like “This Space For Rent” and “The Masons Were Here,” and some of the developer units have “Hi iFixit! We See You!” and “Big Brother Is Watching” inscribed internally, admitted Nate Mitchell, Facebook head of VR product.

“Unfortunately, some ‘easter egg’ labels meant for prototypes accidentally made it onto the internal hardware for tens of thousands of Touch controllers,” Mitchell tweeted on Friday.

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A television photographer shoots the sign outside of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. VOA

“While I appreciate easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed. The integrity and functionality of the hardware were not compromised, and we’ve fixed our process to prevent it’s happening again,” said Mitchell, the co-founder of Oculus, the Facebook-owned VR company.

Facebook is set to launch two new VR products — the $399 standalone Oculus VR system and the $399 PC-tethered Oculus Rift S.

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Built on the Rift platform, the new VR headset combines the built-in Oculus Insight tracking technology with the power of PC. Rift S features the same integrated audio system as Oculus Quest and Oculus Go, with a headphone jack that lets one use their own favourite headphones. (IANS)

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Facebook ‘Unintentionally’ Uploaded Emails of Nearly 1.5 mn Users

The social network said the contacts weren’t shared with anyone and are being deleted

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

In a latest privacy goof up, Facebook “unintentionally” uploaded the emails of nearly 1.5 million of its users during the past three years.

A Facebook spokesperson admitted on late Wednesday that emails of 1.5 million people were harvested since May 2016 to help build Facebook’s web of social connections and recommend other users to add as friends.

First reported by Business Insider, the revelation came to light after a security researcher noticed that “Facebook was asking some users to enter their email passwords when they signed up for new accounts to verify their identities”.

“Last month we stopped offering email password verification as an option for people verifying their account when signing up for Facebook for the first time,” the Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.

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FILE – A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of a displayed Russian flag in this photo illustration, Aug. 3, 2018. VOA

“We’ve fixed the underlying issue and are notifying people whose contacts were imported,” Facebook said.

The social network said the contacts weren’t shared with anyone and are being deleted, reports CNET.

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“People can also review and manage the contacts they share with Facebook in their settings,” said the company.

Facebook is facing the heat over several data scandals, including the massive Cambridge Analytica scandal where personal information of up to 87 million users was leaked. (IANS)