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Screenshots from SNL on Snapchat Discovery

SNL has officially launched their first-ever show on Snapchat Discover.

Plot summary: The first episode, "Boycott" features SNL personalities Aidy Bryant and Beck Bennett trying to navigate Trump's America. After leaving an anti-Trump protest, the two characters hop in an Uber to go home, only to realize that Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick was on Trump's business council, causing them to hop out immediately. The couple faces a similar set of conundrums all day.

Why it matters: Snapchat has announced a slew of media partnerships since filing for its IPO last week, to compete with the direct content licensing partnerships of competitors like Facebook and Twitter. Snapchat's content partnerships vary from established news brands, like The New York Times and Time. Inc. to television partners, like BBC Worldwide and A&E.

What's next: Snap is expected to announce additional partners to join their Discover platform to produce full shows or publish special editions of shows. In a statement Thursday, Snap said they are also working with NBC, Turner and ABC to create new scripted and unscripted shows.

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Updated 51 mins ago - Health

U.K. first nation to clear Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for mass rollout

A health care worker during the phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial by the Pfizer and BioNTech in Ankara, Turkey, in October. Photo: Dogukan Keskinkilic/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The United Kingdom's government announced Wednesday it's approved Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine, which "will be made available across the U.K. from next week."

Why it matters: The U.K. has beaten the U.S. to become the first Western country to give emergency approval for a vaccine that's found to be 95% effective with no serious side effects against a virus that's killed nearly 1.5 million people globally.

3 hours ago - World

NYT: Biden won't immediately remove U.S. tariffs on China

President-elect Joe Biden during an event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump's 25% tariffs imposed on China under the phase one trade deal will remain in place at the start of the new administration, President-elect Biden said in an interview with the New York Times published early Wednesday.

Details: "I'm not going to make any immediate moves, and the same applies to the tariffs," Biden said. He plans to conduct a full review of the current U.S. policy on China and speak with key allies in Asia and Europe to "develop a coherent strategy," he said.

Trump threatens to veto Defense spending bill over social media shield

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday a threat to veto a must-pass end-of-year $740 billion bill defense-spending authorization bill unless Congress repeals a federal law that protects social media sites from legal liability.

Why it matters: Trump's attempt to get Congress to end the tech industry protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is the latest escalation in his war on tech giants over what he and some other Republicans perceive as bias against conservatives.