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Facebook is taking a cue from Snapchat by adding a 24-hour set of stories on its mobile app with nearly identical functions to Snapchat Stories. Just like Snapchat, the so-called "Facebook Stories" will also have features to tack on top of photos.

Jet-setting: It all started in Poland where Facebook tested the product in September, then called "Messenger Day," in its Messenger app, according to TechCrunch. Now users in Ireland can test it on iOS and Android, per Business Insider. Although the photos won't be in the News Feed, they will be at the top of the mobile app for friends to observe.

Why this matters: Facebook is working to block out Snapchat from the market after it tried to buy Snapchat in 2013 and failed. And this is not the first time Facebook has tried to borrow from Snapchat's game. Zuckerberg's company…

  • Launched disappearing messages with the Poke app in 2012
  • Made a similar attempt with the Slingshot app in 2014
  • Bought Instagram in 2012, which launched private picture messages in 2013 through Instagram Direct and then made its own Instagram Stories in 2016 — which has already met Snapchat's daily user base of 150 million

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In photos: Thousands evacuated as Southern California fire grows

A plane makes a retardant drop on a ridge at the Apple Fire north of Banning in Riverside County, which "doubled in size" Saturday, per KTLA. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A massive wildfire that prompted mandatory evacuations in Southern California over the weekend burned 26,450 acres and was 5% contained by Monday afternoon, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The big picture: As California remains an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., some 15 separate fires are raging across the state. About 7,800 people were under evacuation orders from the Apple Fire, about 75 miles east of Los Angeles, as hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze. CalFire said Monday that a malfunction involving a "diesel-fueled vehicle emitting burning carbon from the exhaust system" started the Apple Fire.

Twitter faces FTC fine of up to $250 million over alleged privacy violations

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The Federal Trade Commission has accused Twitter of using phone numbers and emails from its users to make targeted ads between 2013 and 2019, Twitter said in an SEC filing published Monday.

Why it matters: Twitter estimates that the FTC's draft complaint, which was sent a few days after its Q2 earnings report, could cost the company between $150 million and $250 million. The complaint is unrelated to the recent Twitter hack involving a bitcoin scam.