Jan 26, 2017

Hot in Silicon Valley: Facebook VR's new leader

Just days after former Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra announced his resignation, we're finding out where he's headed next: Facebook. Barra, who will be moving back to Silicon Valley from China next month, will lead Facebook's virtual reality business, including Oculus, the company it acquired nearly 3 years ago.

Why it matters: It's clear that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes that virtual reality is the next big thing. So it's no surprise that he's entrusting an experienced product executive with leading the division, especially following the recent shakeup among Oculus' original leadership.

  • It's also notable that Barra has extensive experience in mobile devices and software from working at Xiaomi and on Google's Android team.
  • Many VR headsets, including Gear VR which runs on Oculus software, use smartphones as the "computer" that powers them. Smartphone technology will be integral to the VR market, many companies like Google, believe.

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Live updates: Possible U.S. community spread of coronavirus as more countries report cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The CDC said Wednesday U.S. clinicians have found the novel coronavirus in a person who did not recently return from a foreign country nor knowingly have contact with anyone infected, as six more countries reported their first cases.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Milwaukee Molson Coors brewery complex on Wednesday, including the shooter, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

What's happening: Police said "there is no active threat" just before 6 pm ET, but noted the scene remains active. Police chief Alfonso Morales told reporters that officers have "more than 20 buildings we have to secure" at the complex and they do not currently have all employees accounted for, as more than 1,000 were at the complex during the shooting.

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Trump assigns Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response

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President Trump announced at a press briefing Wednesday evening that he'll be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of leading the administration's response to the coronavirus.

The big picture: In the wake of a market sell-off and warnings from health officials that there's a real threat of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., Trump sought to reassure the nation and Wall Street that the U.S. is "ready" for whatever comes next.

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