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Johns Hopkins, Applied Physics Laboratory Part of Multi-University Research Agreement with Facebook

Facebook has reached a research agreement with multiple academic institutions, including the Johns Hopkins University and the Applied Physics Laboratory, a research center affiliated with the university.

The so-called Sponsored Academic Research Agreement is intended to make it easier for Facebook’s Building 8, the social media giant’s secretive research and development unit, to work with universities to develop new technologies.

In the past, Facebook may have spent up to a year hammering out a research project agreement with a university, but under the new deal, that process could be done within weeks, said Regina Dugan, who left Google earlier this year to lead Building 8, in a Facebook post.

Read the full story from The Baltimore Sun.

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