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Pinterest is adding Search Ads to its self-service platform to help marketers of all sizes reach people who are searching for their products and services on Pinterest. The company has offered search ads for months, but now the ads can be purchased through Pinterest's self-service advertising tool, Pinterest Ads Manager, which makes it easier for small and medium-sized advertisers to take advantage of the technology. The new feature will also give advertisers the option to optimize campaigns with an "autotargeting" function which will automatically target users using similar search terms.

Why it matters: This is an example of how the search advertising market is becoming more accessible for marketers and expanding from search engines with self-serve platforms, like Google, to other platforms with large databases of information, in this case, pictures. Over 2 billion searches happen on Pinterest every month and, according to Pinterest, 97% of those searches are unbranded.

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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.