Happy Friday, folks! Here are some of the tech stories we’re checking out before the weekend:
Instagram Stories already eclipsing Snapchat
The 24-hour photos/videos feature that is spreading like a virus through social media appears to be doing wonders for Facebook-owned Instagram. About 200 million users per day are using Instagram Stories, which allows users to post ephemeral content that disappears in a day. Sound familiar? It’s a clone of one of Snapchat’s key features and Snapchat has about 158 million users total. Instagram has 600 million users total. To celebrate, Instagram has also added selfie stickers and geostickers in attempts to apply more death stabs to its competitor.
Nintendo sells many Switch consoles, discontinues NES Classic
The NES Classic Edition, which was such a holiday hit, has been abruptly discontinued to Nintendo, which probably could heave easily sold millions more if it wanted to. Wired calls it a “Classic Nintendo mistake,” but The Verge says Nintendo doesn’t want your money, it wants your soul. Meanwhile, the company’s new portable/hybrid Switch game console has sold a million units in just a month, making it the fastest-selling system in Nintendo’s history. I have a feeling they’ll be fine.
Will Apple take a stake in Toshiba?
Reuters reports, citing a Japanese broadcaster, that Apple may be looking a taking a stake of as much as 20 percent in Toshiba’s flash-memory business. Apple would partner with its supplier Foxconn on the deal, according to the report.
Furless Tickle Me Elmo: welcome to the nightmare
In case you need some weekend nightmare fuel, here’s a look at what Tickle Me Elmo with all the fur stripped off. Sorry, not sorry for showing you this. Please address all angry Tweets to the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
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