Facebook hires Google ‘moonshot’ exec for R&D

Facebook’s Regina Dugan(Photo: Weinberg-Clark Photography) SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is stealing some of Google’s moonshot magic. Facebook on Wednesday said it has hired Regina Dugan — who helped shape such Google initiatives as Project Tango (3-D mapping capability for mobile devices), Project Ara (tools for building modular smartphones) and smart fabrics wired with electronics — to head a research-and-product-development group considered vital to Facebook’s 10-year technology road map. Dugan will lead Building 8, a new group “focused on building new hardware products to advance our mission of connecting the world,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a comment posted on his Facebook profile today. Zuckerberg’s 10-year vision for the company relies on major technological breakthroughs on three main fronts: artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and bringing Internet access to the 4 billion or so people who don’t have it. USA TODAY…


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