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September 25, 2018

Snapchat is getting political. Well, kind of.

The short-term messaging app is partnering with TurboVote to encourage its young users to register to vote in time for the U.S. midterm elections, it announced Tuesday. Anyone over the age of 18 will now receive a voter registration link when they click into their profile, reports The Verge. Snapchat will also deploy in-app alerts, messages, relevant news stories linked through Snapchat's registration page, and a filter to promote National Voter Registration Day on Oct. 2.

In its latest move, the tech giant is following behind Instagram, which also partnered with TurboVote recently to mobilize its users. Historically, young voters have shied away from political participation, but Snapchat is hoping to reverse that by providing resources to its 100 million American users. Come November, Snapchat will be able to judge whether its efforts paid off. Read more at The Verge. Amari Pollard

November 29, 2017

Snapchat is getting its biggest makeover yet, and it looks ... a lot like every other social media feed out there.

In a redesign preview unveiled Wednesday, Snapchat showed off a new algorithm-driven feed that puts users' closest friends and most-watched media partners first. Private messages and Stories from friends all live on one page to the left of the camera; the Discover page, full of professional media content, is to the right. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel called this strategy "separating social from media" in an Axios post Wednesday.

Tech news outlets tie the redesign to Snapchat's slow user growth compared to competitors such as Facebook. TechCrunch even compared the redesign to Instagram's universally hated algorithm feed.

But unlike those competitors, Snapchat approves every piece of professional content that appears on the Discover page — something that could, just maybe, protect it from the plague of fake news that's infected Facebook.

Some users will be able to preview the redesign in the next few days, but everyone will get the update next week. You can hear Spiegel break down Snap's reasoning behind the switch below. Kathryn Krawczyk

August 17, 2015

Yes, even presidential candidates have to report for jury duty. Real estate magnate and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump flew back from a campaign stop at the Iowa State Fair this weekend to do his civic duty on Monday in New York, arriving at a Manhattan courthouse in a limo. This was certainly a treat for some potential jurors, who asked The Donald for selfies. Two courtroom sketch artists, meanwhile, asked Trump to autograph some sketches of himself.

One man who got stuck in a jury pool with Donald Trump had a better, less intrusive way to capture the scene:

Please note the woman adopting the classic New Yorker strategy of plugging in her headphones and pretending the celebrity doesn't exist. Jeva Lange

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