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Facebook Messenger now lets you poll your friends

Facebook Messenger now lets you poll your friends

Facebook Messenger is getting a new update today, tossing a pair of interesting new features into the mix. First and foremost is the addition of polls, which will let groups make decisions though the age-old concept of majority rule. Payments are also being refined in this update, and can now pick out phrases that would normally be associated with money to summon a "send money" button within the conversation itself.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative commits $3bn to cure all diseases

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative commits $3bn to cure all diseases

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan have an undertaking called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and they’re committing a minimum of $3 billion through it over the next ten years in a bid to either “cure, prevent or manage” all types of disease by the century’s end. As such, the initiative says its second big focus is on science, and its President of Science will be The Rockefeller University neuroscientist Dr. Cori Bargmann. At the heart of this undertaking, the initiative says, is the goal of creating a strategy that will “unlock understanding of the human body down to the cellular level."

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2016 Presidential Debates live streaming: Twitter, Facebook

2016 Presidential Debates live streaming: Twitter, Facebook

Not one to be outdone by its competitors, Twitter has announced that it will be live streaming the Presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Facebook revealed yesterday that it will be live streaming them as well, and now that Twitter has thrown its hat into the ring, those without a cable package have quite a few options when it comes to watching the drama unfold.

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Facebook will livestream election debates via ABC News deal

Facebook will livestream election debates via ABC News deal

If you don’t have cable but want to catch the general election presidential debates, Facebook is hoping you’ll tune into its livestreaming platform. Thanks to the deal with ABC News, Facebook will serve as a livestreaming platform for all four 2016 general election debates broadcasted by ABC; this is similar to Facebook’s previous streaming of the Democratic and Republican conventions.

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Now you can buy Fandango movie tickets right on Facebook

Now you can buy Fandango movie tickets right on Facebook

Fandango, one the most popular ways to buy movie tickets online, has just partnered with Facebook to launch a feature allowing users to look up and pay for tickets right within the social networking app. In a surprising twist, it actually sounds like something that will be useful, unlike the whole messenger chatbot trend going on right now. Users can simply lookup a movie on Facebook, and buy their tickets right from the film's page.

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Outlook.com adds integration with Google Drive and Facebook

Outlook.com adds integration with Google Drive and Facebook

Outlook.com has announced a couple new integrations that people who use the website a lot will be glad to see. Outlook.com now integrates with Google Drive and Facebook photos. Microsoft has long integrated its own OneDrive cloud storage option into Outlook.com and for users who prefer Google Drive this new integration is a big deal.

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Domino’s brings pizza ordering Facebook Messenger bot to US

Domino’s brings pizza ordering Facebook Messenger bot to US

Forget placing an order through Domino’s website — the company has made it possible to order a pizza directly within Facebook Messenger via a bot, giving customers in the United States the same feature that has been available in the United Kingdom and Ireland for a short while. In its current form — which will no doubt be refined in due time — users who have an online account and existing orders can use the Messenger bot to reorder their last meal or place an “easy order,” as well as track their meal's status.

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Facebook has Star Trek emoji reactions for 50th anniversary

Facebook has Star Trek emoji reactions for 50th anniversary

In celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, Facebook has rolled out new Star Trek reaction emoji for its users in the United States and Canada. The new reaction emoji will only be available for a limited (unspecified) time. In addition, those who have “expressed interest in Star Trek or science fiction” may see a personalized greeting from Facebook that includes the USS Enterprise and presents the option of adding a Star Trek frame to their profile picture.

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Facebook Messenger rolls out Instant Video feature

Facebook Messenger rolls out Instant Video feature

Facebook is looking to make video chatting a little easier its Messenger platform, today announcing that it's made starting a video message with friends a lot more seamless. The new feature is called Instant Video, and it essentially allows for two people to quickly begin a video chat without the need to first place a call.

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SpaceX rocket explosion destroys Facebook’s first satellite

SpaceX rocket explosion destroys Facebook’s first satellite

Today a SpaceX rocket has exploded during a static fire test at Cape Canaveral, destroying $200 million in payload alone. This explosion destroyed an Amos-6 satellite (which was its payload as it were) - this all having taken place at SLC40 Cape Canaveral specifically at 1307 UTC September 1st, 2016. The explosion happened to a SpaceX Falcon 9 No. F9-029 - that's according to Johnathan McDowell, astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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Privacy groups threaten legal action over Facebook, WhatsApp data sharing

Privacy groups threaten legal action over Facebook, WhatsApp data sharing

While Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp in 2014 was met with concerns over individuals' privacy, the social network has done a good job since then of leaving the messaging as is and keeping it independent. That all changed last week when WhatsApp's new terms-of-service stated that user data would now be shared with Facebook. Unsurprisingly, this has caused outrage, and now a number of privacy advocates and watchdogs are filing complaints.

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Facebook launches Blizzard Streaming for live broadcasting of games like Overwatch

Facebook launches Blizzard Streaming for live broadcasting of games like Overwatch

If you're a frequent Overwatch player, you now have a new option for live broadcasting your gameplay. Thanks to the previously announced partnership between developer Blizzard and Facebook, gamers can now stream to Facebook Live with just one click. The feature is called Blizzard Streaming, and it's not just limited to the recent hit Overwatch, but works with any of the developer's games, including Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo 3.

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