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Daily Digital Edit – 22.12.2017

The Daily Digital News Edit, bringing you the top 3 digital news stories of the day.

MEL Science mixes up VR chemistry lessons for U.K. schools 

VR educational start-up MEL Science has created 28 VR chemistry lessons that fit into the curricula of U.K. schools at various grade levels. Each lesson costs $10 on the Google Play store and is compatible with the Google Cardboard and Daydream devices. 

Read more here.

*One of the first uses of AR technology within the education sector – will this be more widely adopted, making certain subjects more accessible to different types of learners.*

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 Facebook signs first-ever music deal with a record label 

Facebook has agreed to a multi-year licensing agreement with Universal Music Group to allow its users to upload music in their videos. The agreement, which also covers Instagram and Oculus, will allow users of those services to upload and share videos containing music from UMG’s artists without having the videos removed due to copyright violations.

Read more here.

*The issue of using copyrighted music has long been an issue for creators – will this deal with Universal attract more creators to Facebook as their primary platform?*

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There Are Over 2 Billion Conversations Between Messenger Users and Businesses Every Month 

The social network said its 1.3 billion-plus users generate more than 2 billion conversations between people and businesses every month, and there are now more than 200,000 Messenger bots on the platform. According to Facebook, the top five verticals for businesses on Messenger in 2017 were: professional services, retail, local entertainment, public good, media.

Read more here. 

*Highlights how businesses are increasingly turning to social media platforms to engage with their customers – this data shows that users are equally using the platforms as a means of convenient communication with businesses.*

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