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Does Facebook Inc have Google envy? The social networking company's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, a maker of virtual reality goggles, took Wall Street and technology observers by surprise, not least because of the hefty price for a company with no real revenue and untested technology. But Facebook's desire to bet on "the platforms of tomorrow," as Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg described the deal on Tuesday, also marks a broadening of ambition for a company that has until now focused mainly on bolstering its existing service or defending its turf from immediate threats.

Responding to allegations from TechCrunch former editor Michael Arrington that Google had accessed his Gmail email address to trace a leak from inside the company, the search giant said this week that it didn’t do so, and that it doesn’t employ such practices. Arrington wrote on his blog that Google may have done the same thing Microsoft did to find a leaker-read someone’s email–which is how a source of his was identified for leaking details about a Google product and later fired.

The HTC One (M8) is a well-built smartphone that may survive most beatings and even water damage , but once a component breaks – whether it’s a cracked screen, malfunctioning battery or anything else – users are not advised to try to repair the unit themselves. iFixit already performed an “official” teardown of the handset, revealing it’s just as difficult to repair as its predecessor – the device got a 2/10 repairability score. The group even managed to sever the digitizer cable while trying to remove the display.

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