NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- April is just around the corner, but Facebook (FB) has already had an active 2014. A mere 12 weeks into the year, the social network has made claims for not one, but three companies, experimented around with advertising, and had shares explode on sales growth.
Here's TheStreet's very, very premature retrospective on Facebook's year so far.
Facebook to Acquire Oculus VR: March 25
Facebook splashed $2 billion on its intent to buy Oculus VR, developer of virtual reality gaming headset Oculus Rift. As part of the agreement, Oculus will receive $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock, plus be eligible for up to $300 million in performance-based bonuses.
Exactly what Facebook intends to do with Oculus is unknown, but in a statement CEO Mark Zuckerberg lauds gaming as the 'platform of tomorrow' and says the company can "change the way we work, play and communicate."
The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014.
Facebook Launches Premium Video Ads: March 13
Facebook begins testing Premium Video Ads in its users' newsfeeds. Each 15-second video ad will play automatically without sound. If an advertisement is clicked on, the video will expand to fullscreen and sound will begin to play.
"We'll roll out Premium Video Ads slowly and monitor how people interact with them. This limited introduction allows us to concentrate our efforts on a smaller number of advertisers with high-quality campaigns to create the best possible experience on Facebook," the company said in a blog post.
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