Feb 15, 2017

Facebook will let businesses post jobs and take applications

Facebook is taking on Linkedin by letting companies post jobs and recruit candidates.

Why it matters: Facebook has been touting its Pages to small and medium businesses for a while, regularly adding new features like video tools and location-based content, it hopes will make Facebook even more useful than a website. And since businesses were already posting job listings on their pages, the added feature is a natural next step.

How it works: Businesses with a Page can post available jobs free of charge and without limits. When a user applies for a job, the application is pre-populated with their Facebook data (although they can manually edit it), and then sent to the employer via Facebook's Messenger. The company hopes the employer and candidate will then chat via Messenger to communication. Starting on Wednesday, the feature will be available in the U.S. and Canada.

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America's dwindling executions

The Trump administration wants to reboot federal executions, pointing to a 16-year lapse, but Pew Research reports the government has only executed three people since 1963.

The big picture: Nearly all executions in the U.S. are done by states. Even those have been steadily dropping for two decades, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) — marking a downward trend for all executions in the country.

Top NSC official may be moved after "Anonymous" rumor fallout

President Trump at the Daytona 500. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Top Trump administration officials are in discussions to reassign deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates to the Department of Energy from the National Security Council, per two sources familiar with the planning.

Why it matters: Coates' working relationship with National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, who elevated her to the deputy role only months ago, has strained amid an effort by some people inside the administration to tag her as "Anonymous" — a charge she has vehemently denied to colleagues.

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion for climate change research

Bezos at Amazon Smbhav in New Delhi on Jan. 15. Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty Images

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced the launch of his "Earth Fund" on Monday via Instagram to fund climate change research and awareness.

What he's saying: Bezos says he's initially committing $10 billion to fund "scientists, activists, and NGOS" that are working on environmental preservation and protection efforts.