🤔 Facebook plans to change its name
Diving into the metaverse
Hey Waivly Crew! 🌊 Facebook is planning to completely rebrand to reflect its focus on building the metaverse, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, has already called it out. Square Enix has revealed its new studio dedicated to developing mobile games.
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Jack Dorsey mocks Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook metaverse plan
Facebook is planning to change its name and rebrand for a metaverse-based future, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey isn’t for it, essentially calling the idea dystopian in a reply to a tweet surrounding the concept.
Future of internet
The metaverse refers to a future version of the internet where instead of accessing the internet in the way we all do now, through phones and tablets, laptops and computers, we access it through virtual and augmented reality.
Some people are concerned
A Twitter user tweeted about Zuckeberg's metaverse ambitions, sharing a statement that the term was first pointed out strongly by science fiction writer Neal Stephenson in his 1992 novel "Snow Crash." This concept described a virtual world owned by corporations where end users were treated as citizens in a dystopian corporate dictatorship. The tweet ended sharing: “what if neal was right.” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey quickly jumped in on the tweet to say that he was right, essentially calling the idea by Facebook out.
Square Enix announces London mobile studio
Square Enix has opened a new studio dedicated to developing mobile games called Square Enix London Mobile.
High-quality mobile games
Square Enix London Mobile will focus on creating high-quality, free-to-play mobile games, with both Square Enix’s own brands and other big-name licenses. The new studio will be led by Ed Perkins, who was previously director of mobile publishing at Square Enix.
New games on the way
The studio is already working hard on developing its first two games, Tomb Raider Reloaded, an action-arcade game, in partnership with Crystal Dynamics, along with a yet to be titled Avatar: The Last Airbender game with Vancouver-based studio Navigator Games.
Fuel its success
“At Square Enix London Mobile, our goal is to move the world through play and in order to do this, we need to grow our team with even more unique voices, varieties of perspectives, and creative energy,” said Square Enix London Mobile studio head Ed Perkins in a press release. “We have great games in development, access to Square Enix-owned intellectual properties and relationships with the world’s top entertainment companies, but our people will be the competitive advantage that fuels our success now and in the future.”
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Nikola to proceed with $2 billion patent lawsuit against Tesla
The growing hydrogen trucking startup, Nikola, is being allowed to continue pushing the three year old $2 billion patent lawsuit it has against Tesla, meaning the battle between the two companies continues.
Not over yet
The lawsuit was shelved earlier this month. by a federal judge after both companies stopped responding to the court’s orders, but now the case is back, although not entirely, as its remaining “administratively closed” but not dismissed.
Deadlines are near
Judge James Donato shared in a new order on Tuesday that Nikola has two new January deadlines, one of which is to walk the court through the technologies which are in questions, and the other as a hearing about the Nikola patents that were allegedly infringed.
Case not dismissed
“Nikola’s ostensible reasons for not responding to the Court’s orders are not particularly compelling,” the judge said in the Tuesday order. “The case will not be dismissed at this time for failure to prosecute, but that may change if Nikola does not move this case forward to resolution in an efficient and timely manner.”
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