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Facebook wants more companies to use its workplace chat tool, so it's beginning to test a free version.

The details: The free version will be called Workplace Standard, and will be similar to the paid version, though it won't include analytics tools and administrator controls, the company told news outlets. Facebook released the premium version of Workplace in October and has signed up companies like Starbucks, Viacom, and Campbell's.

Targeting smaller companies: Facebook's aim with this free version is to get smaller businesses that wouldn't want to pay for the full version. A free version can also help the service spread in emerging markets, like India.

The competition: Though Facebook is a bit different, it will still compete with other workplace communications tools like Slack, HipChat, Microsoft Teams, and Google's new Hangouts Chat.

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35 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Climate change goes mainstream in presidential debate

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

Finally, a real debate

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A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes.

  • A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."

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