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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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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.