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Instagram adds live video streaming and disappearing media

The photo-sharing app gains "now you see 'em, now you don't" features to compete with Periscope and Snapchat.

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Instagram has updated its photo-sharing app with two new features that allow users to broadcast live video and send disappearing media in a private message.

The new video broadcaster looks similar to Facebook Live and Twitter's Periscope. You'll see a small "live" button next to friends who are currently streaming video, and you can comment with text or emojis during the stream.

The videos are available to view temporarily during the broadcast and can't be saved to your phone.

The new messaging section of the app resembles features on Snapchat, including the ability to send private photos and videos that disappear after viewing. Also, the app will now let you know if someone takes a screenshot or replays your post.

A small group of test users will see the new sections roll out Monday, while the rest of us will have to wait a few weeks to get the update.

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