Ina Fried Jun 22
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Startup Mapbox is helping power Snapchat's new map feature


Snap's launch of its maps feature Wednesday is a big deal for millennials who want to see where their friends are. But it was also a big milestone for startup Mapbox, whose underlying technology helps make the new feature possible. While the interface and product is result of a lot of hard work by Snap, the underlying map technology draws on work by Mapbox.

It's the biggest consumer use yet of Mapbox's technology. The 250-person startup's platform is used by hundreds of companies, many in the enterprise space like IBM and Tableau.

Neither Mapbox nor Snapchat is crowing over the partnership, but a reference to the role is shown on the settings page for the new map feature.

Why it matters: While it's nice for Mapbox to have a big consumer-facing customer, the broad adoption also means lots more location data coming back to the company to further refine its mapping information.

Here's a look at the settings page that reveals Mapbox's role.

Mike Allen 4 hours ago
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How Trump created a new era of high risk

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On Jan. 26, just over a year into his presidency, President Trump had a president's dream: peace and prosperity. The Dow Jones industrial average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all hit record highs.

Where it stands: Since then, Trump has injected multiple new risks into the system.

Haley Britzky 2 hours ago
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How Trump delivered on Obama promises — big time

Donald Trump.
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The $1.3 trillion spending deal that President Trump signed on Friday expands many of President Obama's priorities, despite his previous proposals to do the exact opposite, Politico's Michael Grunwald notes.

The big picture: Most of Congress didn't really read it; Trump threatened to veto the bill yesterday, and ended up signing it anyway. He said he would never sign a bill like that again, but it was too late: a White House official told Axios' Mike Allen that Trump's signing led to "the hardest I've ever seen the base turn on Trump over anything."