Oct 13, 2017

You can now order food on Facebook

Facebook users will be able to order food without leaving the platform. Photo: Facebook

Facebook announced its on-demand food service Friday, which will let users order food without leaving the platform from either a number of food ordering services, like DoorDash and ChowNow, or restaurants like Five Guys, Papa John's, and Panera. Users can now browse restaurants nearby by visiting the "Order Food" section in the Explore menu.

Why it matters: It's another effort by Facebook to expand into the service economy. The tech giant has already adopted new service features like crowdfunding and shopping. Some argue that tech companies — like Facebook, but also Amazon and Google — are using their scale and data to enter new sectors more easily, which could be an antitrust concern.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

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T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.