Facebook Launches Research Lab, Hires Google Executive to Helm It

ENLARGE Facebook’s new Building 8 research lab will complement the work conducted at the company’s Oculus virtual-reality division. Above, attendees try out Gear VR glasses during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco. Photo: Bloomberg News By Deepa Seetharaman and Deepa Seetharaman The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @dseetharaman deepa.seetharaman deepa.seetharaman@wsj.com Jack Nicas Jack Nicas The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @jacknicas jnicas Google+ Jack.Nicas@dowjones.com April 13, 2016 4:54 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Facebook Inc. FB -0.09 % created a research lab to focus on developing hardware products and hired a top Google executive to lead the effort, underlining the social-networking company’s broadening technology ambitions. The new group, called Building 8, will be led by Regina Dugan, a former Pentagon research chief who joined ​ Alphabet Inc. GOOGL 0.99…


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