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Oculus headset. Image: Meta/Oculus

Facebook is loosening a controversial rule about how users log into its VR headsets.

Why it matters: A mid-2020 mandate that Oculus VR users enter a Facebook login to operate the device infuriated some longtime Oculus users who wanted nothing to do with the controversial social network.

  • "We are going to move away from requiring a Facebook login for Meta Quest in the future," the company's vice president of Reality Labs Andrew Bosworth said.
  • Bosworth was using the company's new name for the VR device formerly known as Oculus Quest, as it phases out the Oculus branding in favor of Facebook's new name.

While Quest users won't need a Facebook login, they will need an account tied to Mark Zuckerberg's overall company, not, say, a Gmail account.

  • "It won't be third-party credentials," Bosworth said. "It just won't be Facebook credentials."
  • Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion in 2014. It let people log into the headset with an Oculus account until last year's change.

Go deeper: Facebook's long, bumpy road to the metaverse

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A virtual world pioneer has doubts about the metaverse

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Courtesy of Philip Rosedale, Breakroom.

Early metaverse architect Philip Rosedale is no longer confident the metaverse will be a huge hit, despite the surging interest from Meta (fka Facebook) and many other companies.

Driving the news: Rosedale, who evangelized the concept of an immersive virtual world while overseeing the storied platform “Second Life” a decade ago, shared more tempered thoughts in an interview with Axios.

JPMorgan: "Full global recovery" in 2022

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JPMorgan Chase Global Research says in a forecast to clients: "2022 will be the year of a full global recovery, an end of the global pandemic, and a return to normal conditions we had prior to the COVID-19 outbreak."

The big picture: The bullish report sees "a return of global mobility, and a release of pent-up demand from consumers (e.g. travel, services)."

Inside Trump's hunt for "disloyal" Republicans

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Donald Trump and his associates are systematically reshaping the Republican Party, working to install hand-picked loyalists across federal and state governments and destroy those he feels have been disloyal, sources close to the former president tell Axios.

Why it matters: If most or all of Trump’s candidates win, he will go into the 2024 election cycle with far more people willing to do his bidding who run the elections in key states.