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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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1 hour ago - Health

Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

2 hours ago - World

European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

2 hours ago - Health

Africa CDC: Vaccines likely won't be available until Q2 of 2021

Africa CDC director Dr. John Nkengasong. Photo: Mohammed Abdu Abdulbaqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Africa may have to wait until the second quarter of 2021 to roll out vaccines, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: “I have seen how Africa is neglected when drugs are available,” Nkengasong said.