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LinkedIn's iPhone app. Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

LinkedIn, the professional social network Microsoft acquired in 2016, is testing its own version of Snapchat's "Stories" (short video clips) as a feature for college students, dubbed Student Voices.

Why it matters: LinkedIn wants to appeal more to the 46 million college students and new grads on its network by giving them tools they're familiar with. Student Voices could also become yet another spot where LinkedIn can place ads (a spokesperson says the company is currently focused on understanding how people use the features).

  • Students will see a section at the top of their homepage feed with a video collection for their school as well as for colleges nearby. During the first seven days, a video uploaded via this new feature will be included in their school’s collection, after which it will still be available on their own profile.
  • This means LinkedIn's Stories-style videos, unlike on Snapchat, don't vanish after a short time. That could confuse users, who may view the feature as a way to share silly and unpolished videos that won't live forever on the internet—and certainly not be seen by prospective employers. According to a LinkedIn spokesperson, uploading these videos works similarly to uploading other videos to a user's profile.

TechCrunch was first to confirm LinkedIn's plans after social media consultant Cathy Wassell spotted the feature.

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57 mins ago - Economy & Business

America on borrowed time

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Economic recovery will not be linear as the world continues to grapple with the uncertainty of the pandemic.

Why it matters: Despite being propped up by an extraordinary amount of fiscal stimulus and support from central banks, the state of the global economy remains fragile.

Scoop: Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy

CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

Updated 13 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus deaths reach 4,000 per day as hospitals remain in crisis mode — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution — Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan — Widow of GOP congressman-elect who died of COVID-19 will run to fill his seat.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.

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