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Medium on Wednesday launched a new mobile story platform, Series, that lets users post photos and short-form text pieces that "unfold" over time. The best way to describe Series is basically to say it is Medium's version of Snapchat Stories.

There are two key differences from Snapchat Stories, though. Content doesn't expire after 24 hours and users can create as many different "series" as they want.

The new feature comes as Medium struggles to develop a clear business model. In January, CEO Ev Williams admitted that the company "didn't yet have the right solution to the big question of driving payment for quality content."

Series offers it a way to grow on mobile and provides an alternative to the lengthy, text-based pieces for which it is known. But it isn't clear how it will solve the business question.

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Ina Fried, author of Login
17 mins ago - Technology

Amazon wants to flood America with Alexa cameras and microphones

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In a Thursday event unveiling a slew of new home devices ahead of the holidays, Amazon made clearer than ever its determination to flood America with cameras, microphones and the voice of Alexa, its AI assistant.

The big picture: Updating popular products and expanding its range to car alarms and in-home drones, Amazon extended its lead in smart home devices and moved into new areas including cloud gaming and car security. The new offerings will also fuel criticism that the tech giant is helping equip a society built around surveillance.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
1 hour ago - Energy & Environment

Oil's turbulent long-term future

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The oil sector is facing risks from all sides.

Why it matters: Risk in the industry is nothing new. But these are especially turbulent and uncertain times. The industry's market clout has waned, the future of demand is kind of a mystery, and future U.S. policy is too, just to name three.

Meadows on Wray's voter fraud dismissal: "He has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI"

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows dismissed FBI Director Chris Wray's testimony that the U.S. has never historically seen evidence of widespread voter fraud, including by mail, during an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Friday.

Why it matters: Meadows' statement highlights the Trump administration's strategy to sow doubt in November's election results by challenging the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which are expected to skew heavily in Democrats' favor.

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