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A Facebook Inc. logo is pictured on a desktop computer's display, Milan on March 29, 2018. Photo: Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Facebook explored a data-sharing project with hospitals, now on hold, to profile patients anonymously in order to provide better care, according to CNBC.

Why it matters: Though it promised that no data would identify individual patients by name, Facebook's plan raises a lot of concerns about patient and user privacy. The company has been in hot water in recent weeks after it was discovered that its third-party app tools allowed a researcher to capture user data which was then passed to Cambridge Analytica.

More: The project was led at Facebook by interventional cardiologist Freddy Abnousi, working out of Building 8, the company's secretive unit working on moonshot projects.

A spokesperson told CNBC that the project never went beyond the planning phase.

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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.