Jan 11, 2017

Instagram's Snapchat copycat is paying off

Less than six months since Instagram blatantly copied Snapchat's "Stories" feature, the photo-sharing app says that 150 million people are now using it daily.

That's as many as Snapchat's total daily active users.

The big deal: When Instagram announced its copycat feature in August, many doubted that it would catch on, arguing instead that Snapchat's appeal was greater than just one feature. But now it seems that Instagram's bet is paying off—and its hypothesis is being proven right.

Instagram's users are well known for primarily worrying about publishing flawless photos. The Stories feature, which lets people post photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours, is keeping them from hopping to Snapchat.

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Coronavirus updates: First case in sub-Saharan Africa confirmed

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Nigeria confirmed its first novel coronavirus case in an Italian who flew to Lagos from Milan — the first known case in sub-Saharan Africa. The World Health Organization has been working to prepare Africa's health care systems to be ready for the outbreak, which is now also confirmed in Algeria and Egypt.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,700 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Ad spending on 2020 primary tops $1 billion

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Spending on the 2020 presidential primary has officially surpassed the $1 billion mark, with more than half of that total coming from billionaire Michael Bloomberg, according to data from Advertising Analytics.

Why it matters: It's the most money that has been spent this early on in an election cycle in U.S. history.

The growing coronavirus recession threat

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In just a matter of weeks, top economists and investment bank analysts have gone from expecting the coronavirus outbreak to have minimal impact on the U.S. economy to warning that an outright recession may be on the horizon.

What's happening: The spread of confirmed coronavirus cases in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., and the speed at which they are being discovered has set the table for the outbreak to have a larger and much costlier impact.