Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg due in court over VR 'heist'

Mark Zuckerberg has shown great enthusiasm for VR since his firm took over Oculus Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The Facebook founder has shown great enthusiasm for VR since his firm took over Oculus

Mark Zuckerberg is expected to appear in a Dallas court on Tuesday to defend his company over claims it stole virtual reality technology.

Zenimax Media, owner of renowned games studio id Software, is suing Facebook for $2bn (£1.6bn).

Zenimax argued its early innovations in VR were unlawfully copied when Oculus built its own headset, the Rift.

Oculus was bought by Facebook in 2014, and is seen as a major part of the firm’s strategy over the next 10 years.

The BBC understands Mr Zuckerberg will argue that Zenimax was slow to appreciate the potential of VR - and that it was Oculus’ own work that made it the valuable technology it is today.

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Faraday Future's cash flow woe

Media captionWATCH: Taking a test drive in Faraday Future's FF91

Faraday Future, the company hoping to beat Tesla in the electric car game, had to halt building its factory in order to afford its glitzy CES press event, the firm told the BBC.

The company broke ground on its enormous plant in the Nevada desert in April last year -  but work halted in October amid reports the company was in dire financial straits.

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Microsoft staff 'suffering from PTSD'

Microsoft has a dedicated Online Safety Team to remove and report illegal images Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Microsoft has a dedicated Online Safety Team to remove and report illegal images

Two former Microsoft employees are suing the company for not protecting them from the psychological effects of viewing disturbing material.

The two men were left with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after working at the firm, the lawsuit alleged.

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'Sweating bullets' - The inside story of the first iPhone

Steve Jobs unveiling the first iPhone in 2007 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Steve Jobs unveiling the first iPhone in 2007

"Steve had expressly told me it was totally top secret. He said he was going to fire anyone who tells the world.

"I was sweating bullets."

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CES 2017: China vows to innovate not imitate

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Image caption LeEco sounds French to some - but the firm is a home-grown Chinese venture

China's disregard for intellectual property, and a turn-a-blind-eye culture when it comes to blatant counterfeiting, is notorious - the butt of many jokes.

And it’s been fair. In China they don't just counterfeit devices, they counterfeit entire shops - a knock-off Apple store was closed down in 2015.

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The top memes and viral videos of 2016

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Image caption Harambe was shot after a small boy got into his enclosure

It is that time of year again when I, in a disgusting post-Christmas rotund state, look back on what made it big on the internet in 2016.

This isn’t a scientific list. It's certainly not a comprehensive one. I am the sole judge of what can be considered list-worthy, using criteria as fluid as the rules of Calvinball.

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Uber defies demand to cease self-driving

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Image caption Uber had started to pick up passengers in specially-modified Volvo self-driving cars

Uber has been told its self-driving cars are illegal - but it is refusing to take them off San Francisco's roads.

The company started testing the vehicles this week, but the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has said the firm must have a test permit.

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Trump invites top tech leaders to NYC

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Image caption Amazon's Jeff Bezos joins Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at Trump Tower

On Wednesday some of the biggest names in the American technology business are headed to Trump Tower to meet the president-elect.

He won’t need to serve any lunch - there’s already more than enough beef to go around.

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Google creates new self-driving car company

Google has a car that operates without the need for a steering wheel Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Google has a car that operates without the need for a steering wheel

Google is putting its self-driving car technology into a new company which it will call Waymo, the firm has announced.

The new business, Waymo, will be owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet.

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Is Uber getting too vital to fail?

Uber is currently operating at a massive loss Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Uber is currently operating at a massive loss

The town of Summit, New Jersey, is about 30 miles west of Manhattan. It has a population of around 20,000.

While I've never been there myself, I can tell you one thing: finding a parking spot at the train station can be a complete nightmare.

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