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Facebook Debuts Paid Online Events, Swipes at Apple for Fees

Facebook will now let individuals, businesses and other organizations make money from events held on the platform, the company announced Friday.

True to its name, Paid Online Events allows accountholders to charge for event tickets or registrations for online events held on Facebook. According to vice president Fidji Simo, head of the Facebook app, the feature was developed as a way of helping small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has ravaged sectors like retail, restaurants and in-person events.

“We’ve been testing this product for a while and now it is available to Pages in the U.S. and in 19 other countries,” she said in a press conference call held Friday. “So starting today, businesses creators, educators, media publishers can all start earning money from online events to help grow their business, connect with our community and reach new audiences all over the world.”

Using Facebook Pages, where accountholders can

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Beyond Meat debuts new plant-based sandwich at Wawa stores

The plant-based food wars are heating up this summer. And Beyond Meat (BYND) looks poised to end July firing the last shot, for now.

Beyond Meat disclosed Friday that a new plant-based sandwich dubbed the Sizzli has gone live in 650 Wawa stores. The locations span Wawa’s dominant states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Another 220 Wawa stores in Florida will get the sandwich on August 10.

“Wawa is a cult favorite brand and we’re excited to partner with them to introduce several new breakfast options made with Beyond Breakfast Sausage. These new on-the-go options not only taste great, but will make plant-based meat more accessible to more consumers,” said Chuck Muth, chief growth officer at Beyond Meat.

Beyond Meat has focused extensively on making its brand more accessible to consumers this summer. Besides the Wawa deal, the company launched value packs at retailers such

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