ZeniMax Awarded $500 Million in Oculus Lawsuit for Violation of a Non-Disclosure Agreement
This week a Dallas, Texas jury found Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey in violation of a non-disclosure agreement he signed with ZeniMax Media. By extension, the violation applies to Oculus with the former CEO Brendan Iribe paying $150 million of the charges, Palmer Luckey paying $50 million and Oculus paying $300 million (with $200 million for breaking the NDA and $50 million for copyright infringement and $50 for false designation). Zenimax had reportedly sought $6 billion. Although Palmer Luckey and Oculus was found to be in violation of the non-disclosure agreement, false designation and copyright infringement, they were found to be not guilty on the charges related to ZeniMax stealing trade secrets to create the VR headset. Shortly after the verdict, Oculus stated they will be appealing, although they look forward to putting the case behind them soon.
Tech Leaders Circulate Letter to Trump in Opposition of Immigration Ban
According to Re/Code, Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Uber and Stripe have drafted a letter in opposition of U.S. President’s travel ban. Last week, President Trump signed an executive order barring Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. as well as suspending travel from 7 countries with Muslim populations. Here is a draft of the letter:
Dear President Trump,
Since the country’s birth, America has been the land of opportunity — welcoming newcomers and giving them the chance to build families, careers and businesses in the United States. We are a nation made stronger by immigrants. As entrepreneurs and business leaders, our ability to grow our companies and create jobs depends on the contributions of immigrants from all backgrounds.
We share your goal of ensuring that our immigration system meets today’s security needs and keeps our country safe. We are concerned, however, that your recent executive order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country’s success. In a global economy, it is critical that we continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world. We welcome the changes your administration has made in recent days in how the Department of Homeland Security will implement the executive order, and we stand ready to help your administration identify other opportunities to ensure that our employees can travel with predictability and without undue delay.
Our nation’s compassion is a part of what makes it exceptional, and we are committed to helping your administration identify approaches for thorough screening without a blanket suspension of admissions under the U.S. Refugee Admissions program. While security and vetting procedures can and should always be subject to continuous evaluation and improvement, a blanket suspension is not the right approach.
Similarly, we stand ready to identify ways of helping to achieve your stated goal of bringing clarity to the future of the 750,000 Dreamers in this country under the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in a way “that will make people happy and proud.” Removing these protections by barring renewals would effectively end the program and eliminate the ability for these Dreamers to work and live without the fear of deportation.
The business community shares your commitment to growing the American economy and expanding job creation across the country. We hire both thousands of Americans and some of the most talented people from abroad, who work together to help our companies succeed and expand our overall employment. As you contemplate changes to the nation’s complex and interconnected immigration policies, whether business and employment-based visas, refugees or DACA, we hope that you will use us as a resource to help achieve immigration policies that both support the work of American businesses and reflect American values.
Facebook to Add “Discover People” to Help Users Connect with Like-Minded Strangers
Facebook has announced a new section called “Discover People” that helps people to connect through lists organized by city or by employer. The feature will help to facilitate connections between people who aren’t friends and will ideally be used for networking and perhaps even dating. The feature has already been released on mobile to iOS and Android users. The feature can be found in the navigation section below Friends, Events, Groups, Nearby Places and other options.