Plus: The elections after the midterms; comparing political donations from Silicon Valley Democrats and Republicans; designing Instagram Stories is now a million dollar business.
Tomorrow is Election Day, and on the eve of voting, peer-pressure apps like OutVote and VoteWithMe are making it easy to instantly snoop on the voting history of friends, family and strangers. Voters will decide control of the House and the Senate, and gubernatorial contests will be held in 36 states; according to Ballotpedia, 37 states will decide 155 statewide ballot measures. Then, eight days after the midterms, comes the next round of elections: House and Senate Republicans are looking at Nov. 14 for their leadership elections; House Democrats are looking at Nov. 28 for their internal vote. Here’s an overview of what the midterms mean for business, from farms to pharma. [Natasha Singer / The New York Times]
“Boycott Amazon” was the top-trending hashtag on Twitter in Saudi Arabia yesterday, as users circulated images showing the deletion of the Amazon smartphone app. Saudis who are angry at The Washington Post’s coverage of the kingdom in the aftermath of Khashoggi’s murder are calling for a boycott of the newspaper’s parent company, Amazon, because of its shared ownership by U.S. billionaire Jeff Bezos. They also called for a boycott of regional subsidiary Souq.com, which was acquired by Amazon last year. [Vivian Nereim / Bloomberg]
Designing other people’s Instagram Stories is now a million dollar business. Every day, 400 million people open up Instagram and flip through Stories — which amps up the pressure on users and brands to make their content seem cool and spontaneous. An app called Unfold, which lets users build a story from a variety of templates, has 11 million users, including Stories stars Selena Gomez, Shay Mitchell and soccer player Sergio Ramos. The app is expanding into its next stage: A design agency for Instagram Stories called Unfold for Brands; luxury fitness company Equinox was its first customer. [Katharine Schwab / Fast Company]