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(From  E Online)
 Good news: Facebook's new feature that updates the "like" button has arrived! 

Neural news (we can't decide if it's good or bad yet): It's definitely not the thumbs down icon we were all expecting.

Facebook started testing what they are calling "Reactions," which are essentially emojis that users can use to express emotions beyond just "like."

Facebook emojis, dislike buttonFacebook

"Today we are beginning to test Reactions – an extension of the Like button that gives people more ways to share their reaction to a post in a quick and easy way," Product Manager Chris Tosswill announces in a Facebook blog post. "We're excited to start this test, but understand that this is a big change, and one that we want to make sure to get right. So we're starting by offering Reactions to Ireland and Spain, where people will be able to react to any post across Facebook – a post from a friend, advertiser, publisher or business."

So instead of just getting one, giant thumbs down button to use on statuses we certainly do not like (because who wants to press "like" when someone announces they are divorcing a cheating spouse?), Facebook users will get to choose from six different emojis, as well as the like button.

The emojis people can use to react to statues are "love," "haha," "yay," "wow," "sad" and "angry." These emojis also move, almost like a GIF.

Facebook emojis, dislike buttonFacebook

"As you can see, it's not a ‘dislike' button, though we hope it addresses the spirit of this request more broadly," Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox wroteunderneath a video that shows off the new feature. "We studied which comments and reactions are most commonly and universally expressed across Facebook, then worked to design an experience around them that was elegant and fun."

Facebook is also using these "Reactions" as a way to pick and choose which stories and post show up on a user's News Feed.

"Initially, just as we do when someone likes a post, if someone uses a Reaction, we will infer they want to see more of that type of post. We will spend time learning from this initial rollout and iterate based on findings in the future," writes Tosswill.


Though it's only in the testing phase and not available to all users yet, Facebook hopes to use this phase to tweak and improve the feature. Hopefully, the worldwide rollout will be on its way soon.


(Gawker) Luke Gatti, the 19-year-old University of Connecticut student who swaggered into a campus cafeteria with a beer Sunday night and drunkenly demanded some “f***ing jalapeño bacon mac and cheese,” has reportedly been expelled from the university over the incident.





Gatti’s famous tantrum, which involved calling the cafeteria manager a “f***ing idiot” and mockingly reading the unfortunate man’s nametag over and over, ended when another food service worker took him to the ground. Campus police took over from there.


(LSJ) — Nearly $60,000 from two separate 50/50 raffles at MSU football games have yet to be claimed.



The winnings from 50/50 raffles held during MSU football home games against Oregon and Central Michigan University have so far gone unclaimed, said Paul Schager, executive associate athletic director for external relations. The unclaimed winnings amount to $32,482.50 and $26,790 respectively.


Winners have 60 days following the raffle to come forward with their winning ticket, he said. The winnings are donated to a charity approved by the Michigan Lottery Commission if they are not claimed in the allotted time, he added.


The deadline for winners to come forward is Nov. 11 for the Oregon game raffle and Nov. 25 for the CMU game. The winning ticket number for the Oregon game is A348344; the winning ticket number for the CMU game is C172065.



LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A 50-year-old supervisor at a Michigan fiberglass factory is the winner of a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot.


Julie Leach of Three Rivers says she was having a "bad night" at her third-shift job when she took a lunch break. She checked the numbers while waiting in a McDonald's drive-thru.


Leach says she is in "disbelief." She quickly quit her  job and plans to build houses in Michigan for her and her partner of 36 years, their three children and 11 grandchildren.


Leach chose a lump sum of $197.4 million, or $140 million after taxes. It's Michigan's second-largest lottery prize.



This weekend you can catch Power 96.5's very own Don Black on a special edition of QuizBusters on WKAR!! Quizbusters starts its 27th season this Saturday (10/3/15) at 6PM with two special shows featuring local personalities and community leaders in Lansing. And this season, the shows are being shot in High Definition!!


Don Black was happy to team with Lansing Lugnuts announcer Jesse Goldberg-Strassler,Truscott Rossman's Kelly Rossman-McKinney and educator and actor Gini Larson. 


If you can't watch it on TV you can watch the sho in its entirety right here.



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