Facebook announced Wednesday the launch of its long-awaited virtual reality app, Facebook 360. This is the first time users can view 360-degree videos and photos posted on Facebook through a VR headset. For now, the content can only be viewed using Samsung Gear VR headsets, and the app will have four feeds:

  • Explore: Users can discover popular 360-degree content on Facebook from publishers, advertisers and individuals
  • Following: Users can view 360-degree content on Facebook from friends
  • Saved: Users can access saved 360-degree content from their newsfeeds
  • Timeline: Users can upload and post 360-degree content to theirs or friends timelines

Big distinction: 360-degree content (photo or video) is not the same as virtual reality content — the name has just stuck. Technically speaking, virtual reality content allows one to manipulate their environment, like a video game. 360-degree content, which is what is available in this app, allows users to view a photo or video from every angle.

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Countries waiting to see if Trump wins before moving on Israel normalization

The delegation lands at Israel's Ben Gurion airport. Photo: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty

The White House is attempting to leverage momentum from Israel's normalization deals with Bahrain and the UAE to get more Arab countries on board before the U.S. election.

Driving the news: President Trump wants Sudan's removal from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list to be accompanied by a pre-election announcement on Israel.

Poll: 92% of battleground state voters are "extremely motivated to vote"

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91% of likely voters nationally say they are "extremely motivated to vote," including 92% in battleground states Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to a Change Research/CNBC Poll.

Why it matters: The 2020 election could see record-breaking levels of voter turnout. Voters last week cast ballots at nearly five times the rate they did at this point in the 2016 election, per the U.S. Elections Project. Over 39 million ballots have been cast in early voting states as of Wednesday.

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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead guilty to 3 criminal charges

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Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges Wednesday as part of a more than $8 billion settlement with the Justice Department, AP reports.

Why it matters: "The settlement is the highest-profile display yet of the federal government seeking to hold a major drugmaker responsible for an opioid addiction and overdose crisis linked to more than 470,000 deaths in the country since 2000," AP notes.