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Zuckerberg fires up the Zuckergrill live on Facebook

Talk about multitasking. Facebook's CEO talks affordable internet and cancer research while cooking up a storm.

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At home with the Zuckerbergs.

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Oh, those summer nights. What to do when you're at a loose end?

If you're anything like Mark Zuckerberg, you butcher yourself some brisket and stick it on the smoker, then fire up a Facebook live video so the whole world can see.

Facebook's CEO spent an hour and 25 minutes broadcasting live from his back yard on Sunday evening while he was waiting for his meat to cook. Zuckerberg's wife, Priscilla Chan, who's pregnant with the couple's second child, even popped into view a couple times on the livestream.

The thing about smoking your own meat is that it leaves you with plenty of time to kill, which is why Zuckerberg decided to turn to the good people of Facebook to entertain him. Viewers asked him questions about investing in health care ("we don't spend enough on finding cures for diseases") and affordable internet in Africa ("we have a lot more to do").

These aren't new topics for Zuckerberg. He turned his attention to international development several years ago, working since then on, among other things, beaming free internet service to Africa. In late 2015, he and his wife launched the Zuckerberg Chan Initiative, a philanthropic enterprise whose lofty goal is to find a cure for all diseases by the end of the century.

Somewhat more modestly, he's also focused on the fight against fake news. His recent travels and public appearances in the US have fueled speculation that he could be planning a run for office. But polls have suggested that he wouldn't beat President Trump in an election. 

He ended by the stream by pouring Coca-Cola on the ribs he was grilling and trying to show us what was going on inside his smoker. "Look at that," he said, while immersing his phone in meat fumes. Onlookers couldn't actually see the meat for all the smoke, so we'll just have to take his word for it that the brisket was really there.

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