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Scott Rosenberg 8 hours ago
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Facebook is beating Snapchat on its own invention — stories

Facebook Stories, pictured as a bag of potato chips
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Stories, the tap-and-swipe vertical format for sharing pictures and videos, are poised to dominate the social web's next era — and Facebook now has the lead, even though it was Snapchat that invented and popularized them.

Why it matters: Each generation of digital media brings new voices and firms to the fore. But right now, Facebook appears to have surmounted the Snapchat challenge — thanks to smart acquisitions, speedy product development, and the power of incumbency with billions of users.

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An essential plan for gathering global data

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Servers at a Facebook data center in Sweden. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP / Getty Images

There's a solution in Congress that will help law enforcement gather electronic evidence, often stored on servers abroad, while reducing conflicts of law facing cloud storage providers: the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act.

Why it matters: Data — meaning evidence — is now global. The CLOUD Act makes clear when U.S. warrants apply, considers the applicable laws of other countries, and creates a framework for bilateral cooperative agreements that allow for cross-border data requests to be handled through domestic legal processes. The proposed U.S.-UK agreement is a good model. 

Haley Britzky 12 mins ago
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Worries grow over self-driving cars

A Bosch development vehicle driverless car.
A Bosch development vehicle driverless car. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images

Seventy-three percent of Americans are afraid to drive in self-driving cars, according to a new American Automobile Association survey.

Why it matters: This is a 10% jump from last year, which could be attributed to two fatal crashes involving a self-driving Uber and a Tesla Model X. Per AAA's survey, millennials were "the most impacted by these incidents," with an almost 20% jump in how many fear riding in autonomous vehicles — more than any other generation surveyed.