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Snapchat said Tuesday that developers can finally integrate its flagship Stories feature into their own apps by utilizing its developer tools, called the "Snap Kit."

Why it matters: It's an integral part of Snapchat's broader growth plans. The social media giant hopes that expanded access to its content and flagship features on other apps will increase its user base — and maybe its bottom line.

The big picture: Last year, Snapchat announced this feature at its annual Partner Summit in April, but it's finally coming to life.

  • For now, the function is only available with four launch partner apps, including music app Triller, video chat app Squad, online dating app Hily, and social augmented reality app Octi.
  • Originally, Snapchat had planned to launch this feature with Tinder and Houseparty, the video chatting app.
  • While conversations with both apps are ongoing, staffing and corporate changes at both companies have delayed plans for Snapchat to launch this feature in both of those apps, as originally planned. Still, there are plans to integrate Stories onto those two apps eventually.

Between the lines: The announcement comes roughly two years after Snapchat began developing a feature that allowed users to push their Stories outside of the app.

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Why you should be skeptical of Russia's coronavirus vaccine claims

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that his country has registered a coronavirus vaccine and said that one of his daughters has already been inoculated, AP reports.

Why it matters: Scientists around the world are skeptical about Russia's claims. There is no published scientific data to back up Putin's claims that Russia has a viable vaccine — or that it produces any sort of immunity without significant side effects.

A quandary for state unemployment agencies

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State agencies charged with paying unemployment benefits to jobless residents have their backs against the wall as they rush to parse President Trump's executive actions on coronavirus aid.

Why it matters: States are being asked to pitch in $100 per unemployed resident, but it’s a heavy lift for cash-strapped states that are still unclear about the details and may not opt-in at all. It leaves the states and jobless residents in a state of limbo.

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New Zealand reports first local coronavirus cases for 102 days

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after a press conference at Parliament on July 22 in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Auckland is locking down and the rest of New Zealand faces lesser restrictions for 72 hours after a family of four tested positive for COVID-19, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: It's the first cases not in managed isolation for 102 days, Ardern said at a news briefing.