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Mark Zuckerberg is saying goodbye to Facebook for good. On Thursday, he announced Facebook has been rebranded to "Meta" to focus on his "metaverse" of social networking apps and AR/VR hardware.

According to Variety.com, Zuckerberg hopes Meta will reach 1 billion people in the next decade.

Last week, The Verge first reported that Zuckerberg was changing the name of Facebook's parent company to reflect his changing vision for his metaverse.

"Our mission remains the same — it's still about bringing people together," Zuckerberg said Thursday.

"But now we have a new North Star, to help bring the metaverse to life, and we have a new name that reflects the full breadth of what we do and the future that we want to help build."

 
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Zuckerberg said the company will shift its focus from social networking on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, to building the company's AR and VR products.

"From now on, we're going to be metaverse-first, not Facebook-first," he said.

Zuckerberg has come under fire for failing to act on warnings from whistleblowers about misinformation and exposing children to harmful content.

He hopes to shift the focus away from Facebook, which over time will not be needed to access the company's hardware products.

"Today we're seen as a social-media company, but the metaverse is the next frontier," he said.

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The name "Facebook" will be no more after next week. Founder Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly rebranding Facebook to focus on building his "metaverse."

According to The Verge, Zuckerberg will announce the new name change at the company's annual Connect conference on October 28th, but he could announce it sooner.

Facebook's familiar blue logo will also go the way of the dinosaurs.

Zuckerberg is reportedly rebranding Facebook to move beyond its core social media products like Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, and more.

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Zuckerberg recently announced plans to hire 10,000 workers in Europe to transition the company from social media to "being a metaverse company."

The 10,000 new employees will work on building hardware such as AR glasses that Zuckerberg believes will eventually be as popular as smartphones.

In July, Zuckerberg told The Verge that, over the next several years, "we will effectively transition from people seeing us as primarily being a social media company to being a metaverse company."

The new Facebook company name is a closely-guarded secret, known only to a few Facebook executives.

Question: What do you think Facebook's new name will be?

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From this day forth, mega producer Kanye West will be known as simply "Ye."

Ye wore a disguise the morning after attending the wedding of Géraldine Guyot and Alexandre Arnault on Oct. 16, 2021 in Venice. Italy.

According to TMZ, a Los Angeles judge approved Ye's name change application on Monday.

Ye, who filed the application on August 24, said he was making the change for personal reasons.

In a 2018 interview, after he released his album, Ye, he told radio host Big Boy that "ye" was the most commonly used word in the Bible. "Ye" is a an archaic form of "you."

Ye, 44, was born Kanye Omari West on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Ye and his estranged wife Kim Kardashian were spotted together as she headed to host "Saturday Night Live" in New York City on Oct. 9.

According to Page Six, Ye is dumping all of his assets in an attempt to live a simpler life.

He recently listed his 3,800-acre Wyoming ranch for $11 million -- at a loss. And last week, Kardashian won the $60 million Hidden Hills mansion the two once shared.

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Kanye West is a born-again Christian and a musical genius with dreams of being a billionaire. So why not change his name to stand in his truth?

A wise person once said "You are what you think." Kanye thinks he is the most successful and wealthiest artist of his generation. During an appearance at the FastCompany Innovation Festival 2019 in New York City, Kanye, 42, says he might change his name to reflect his billionaire status.

"When people say it's crass to call yourself a billionaire, I say I might legally change my name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West for a year until y'all understand exactly what it is… It will be on the license plate."

Kanye said he is determined to prove Forbes wrong after the magazine refused to recognize him as a billionaire when he showed them a receipt for $890 million. Forbes recognized his sister-in-law Kylie Jenner as a billionaire with no receipts.

By changing his name, Kanye will force the world to recognize him as a billionaire because billionaire is his middle name.

"When I did Forbes, I showed them a $890 million receipt and they still didn't say 'billionaire.' They don't want us to know that we can buy land; they don’t want us to have the 100 percent ownership [that] I have at Yeezy."

Kanye recently disclosed that the IRS cut him a refund check for $68 million. The hefty check brings him that much closer to his dreams of billionaire status.