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Dinner Party Download: Facebook's 'sympathize' button, rude customers and more

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Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.

Facebook is considering a 'sympathize' button

Ever see a friend post some bad news on Facebook? It's always awkward to 'like' depressing posts, and engineers at Facebook know this. That's why they have developed a 'sympathize' button to avoid 'liking' bad news. Although the button has been developed, the social network giant is holding off in releasing the alternative to the "Like" button. 

Expensive coffee for rude customers

The Petite Syrah café in Nice has implemented a payment policy where customers will pay more for a cup of joe if they are impolite. Just asking for a cup of coffee will run you €7 ($9.65) , add a "please" and the price drops to €4.25 ($5.85), add a "hello and a please" and your coffee will only cost €1.40 ($1.95). Looks like it pays off to be polite. 

History: 'Missing link' between man and ape a hoax

In 1912, English fossil collector Charles Dawson claimed to have found evidence of the ‘missing link’ between apes and humans — people called it “Piltdown Man.”  This week in 1953, news broke that the only thing “missing” from Dawson’s discovery was a single grain of truth.  It’s a historic hoax, about prehistoric man.