Is Snap CEO Evan Spiegel scared of Facebook, which has been aggressively cloning its features?

"Just because Yahoo has a search box, doesn't mean that they're Google," Spiegel told analysts during his company's Q1 earnings call, chuckling when he heard the question. He added that "creativity" is most important to Snap, hinting the company isn't worried as long as it continues to come up with new ideas even if competitors copy them.

Why it matters: Since Facebook-owned Instagram rolled out a blatant copy of Snapchat's Stories last summer and publicized the success of its version of the feature, Snap has faced increased concerns over its ability to withstand the attack. At Facebook's annual developer conference last month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg also made headlines when he announced the company's new focus on cameras and augmented reality, reminiscent of Snap's "camera company" tagline, further fueling the rivalry.

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Twitter launches warnings on election misinformation and delays

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Twitter will start pinning notices to the top of all U.S. Twitter users’ timelines warning that results in next week’s election may be delayed and that they may encounter misinformation on mail-in voting.

Why it matters: Delayed election results are expected across many states that are handling unprecedented amounts of absentee and mailed ballots, which President Trump has baselessly called "very dangerous" and "corrupt."

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NASA confirms water exists on sunny parts of the Moon


Water on the Moon might be more easily accessible than previously thought, opening up new possible avenues for future human exploration, according to a new study.

Why it matters: NASA is aiming to send people back to the Moon as part of its Artemis program by 2024, with plans to eventually create a sustainable presence on the lunar surface. That sustainability relies on mining the moon for its resources, like water.

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Pence no longer expected at Amy Coney Barrett's final confirmation vote

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Vice President Mike Pence no longer plans to attend the Senate's final confirmation vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a Pence aide confirmed to CNN and Politico on Monday. On Sunday, Senate Democrats claimed that his presence after possible exposure to the coronavirus would be a "violation of common decency."

Driving the news: Five of Pence's aides were recently diagnosed with COVID-19, including his chief of staff, who is currently quarantining. Pence has continued his campaign travel despite his possible exposure, which goes against CDC guidelines.