Snapchat Won’t Allow Users to Broadcast Live

In a time where all social media platforms seem to mesh together with the same features, Snapchat is the black sheep.

Particularly, the tech company isn't following the trend of allowing users to broadcast live on their mobile devices. TechCrunch reports Snapchat announced today it would include NBC's live Olympics coverage in its app. However, a Snapchat spokesperson specified a livestream feature will not be rolled out to all users. The company doesn't find the feature useful to all users. 

There is some truth in Snapchat's understanding of consumer behavior. Since allowing its users to livestream, Facebook has gotten into some legal battles over allowing controversial content to be broadcasted. For instance, the family of the 73-year-old Cleveland man murdered by the Facebook Killer filed a lawsuit against Facebook on Jan. 19. Additionally, Facebook released its fourth-quarter reports last week, revealing the site experienced a major decline in daily user activity.

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So is Snapchat taking advantage of Facebook's slow decline? Probably not.

Snapchat stressed that providing snippets from broadcasted programs, such as major sporting events and awards shows has cultural value. While the company's new feature will not include comprehensive, full coverage of these events, it will include hot and newsworthy moments helping to summarize the proceedings for those who didn't watch the full program.

Meanwhile, Instagram announced last week that it will launch pre-scheduled posting, which will roll out to all users by early next year.

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Patriots Fans Are Confused Over Bill Belichick Benching Super Bowl Hero Malcolm Butler

Malcolm Butler took part in one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history at Super Bowl XLIX. The then-rookie picked off a Russell Wilson pass near the end zone at the end of the game to secure a Patriots victory, and in the process, he solidified himself as a Patriots legend.

But for whatever reason, Butler hasn’t factored into the Patriots’ Super Bowl LII matchup against the Eagles. Butler has played on special teams, but he didn’t start at cornerback for New England—and he hasn’t played a single snap in a reserve role, either. It was apparently a “coach’s decision,” according to the NBC broadcasters.

The decision has left a lot of Patriots fans confused. They’re wondering why Bill Belichick has decided against going with Butler at all on defense, and they're speculating over what Butler could have possibly done to get benched during the Super Bowl of all games.

For now, it’s still unclear why Belichick made the move he did. NBC’s Michele Tafoya asked him at halftime, and he gave a pretty generic response to her.

But if the Patriots aren't able to overcome a second-half deficit against the Eagles, it’s pretty much a guarantee Belichick will be asked to speak about all of this again after the game.

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‘Community’ Creator Dan Harmon Apologizes to Writer He Harassed: ‘I Was an Awful Boss and a Selfish Baby’

Megan Ganz wrote six episodes of ‘Community,’ the NBC show that Dan Harmon created.

Matt Lauer Fired From NBC Following Complaint About ‘Inappropriate Sexual Behavior’

NBC announced their decision at the beginning of the ‘Today’ show on Wednesday morning.

Russell Wilson Called Out for Appearing to Make a Mockery of the NFL’s Concussion Test

During the third quarter of the Seahawks’ game against the Cardinals on Thursday night, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson took a hard hit to the head from Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby. Dansby was flagged for the hit, and Wilson was sent to the sideline after the game’s referee Walt Anderson noticed that he looked a little woozy. He was instructed to undergo the NFL’s concussion test before checking himself back into the game.

But Wilson wasn’t gone from the game for very long. He did run over to the Seahawks’ sideline, and he did get under the medical tent to give the appearance that he was going to take the concussion test. But as soon as the Seahawks’ medical staff put the tent up to begin the evaluation, Wilson ran out of it and appeared to say, “I’m fine,” as he did. He missed just one play before getting right back in the game—without ever taking the test that all NFL players are supposed to take when there’s a chance they may have sustained a concussion.

You can see Wilson’s brief pit stop on the Seahawks’ sideline here.

NBC’s Mike Tirico pointed out what Wilson did to those at home, and many of them wondered if what Wilson did was allowed. They also called him out for seemingly making a mockery of a test that is designed to protect players from taking part in games after suffering concussions.

Wilson is a guy who seems to take concussions seriously. At least, seriously enough to invest in a water company that manufactures a product that is supposed to, in theory, help players recover from concussions. And after the game, he tried to downplay what he did by saying that Anderson sending him to the sideline was just a misunderstanding in the first place.

“I was just trying to move my jaw. I was like, 'Ah, man, it stuck,'” Wilson said, according to ESPN.com. “I think I was kinda like laying down on the ground for a second just trying to get my jaw, and I think Walt thought maybe I was injured or something like that. I told him I was good, I was good, and he said, 'Come off the field.' Walt did a great job, first of all. He made the smartest decision. I was fine, though, 100 percent.”

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But if the NFL allows Wilson to slide for skipping out on his concussion test, they are going to be setting a dangerous precedent by allowing players to determine when they’re “fine.” So we wouldn’t expect the league to allow Wilson to get off here without a fine or some kind of warning about checking out of a concussion test.

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8 People Dead in Manhattan Terrorism Incident (UPDATE)

UPDATED October 31 9:20 p.m. ET: ​29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov of Tampa, Florida has been identified as the attacker. NBC is reporting law enforcment sources as saying Saipov left a note in the rented vehicle​ in which he writes that he commited the attacks for ISIS. 

Read the original story below.

Eight people were killed in a terrorist event in downtown Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, and more were injured. The incident occurred when a truck ran onto a narrow bicycle path, hitting numerous people along the way.

The NYPD held a press briefing alongside Mayor DeBlasio. They confirmed that the driver  struck a number of pedestrians and bikers before hitting a schoolbus. The suspect, a 29-year-old male driving a rental truck, then exited the vehicle holding a gun, and was shot by an officer and taken to a hospital. A paintball gun and a pellet gun were recovered from the scene, police said. No other suspects are outstanding.

Eight fatalities were confirmed by the NYPD, with several more people suffering life-threatening injuries. The driver made a “statement,” which was “Allahu Akbar!” according to some eyewitnesses. This, according to the press briefing, was confirmation that the incident was “a terrorist event.” The FBI has been brought into the case.

Social media reports of the incident started popping up around 3:00 p.m. local time.

Roughly 90 minutes after early reports of the incident, the NYPD confirmed that a vehicle had entered a pedestrian/bike path, resulting in “several fatalities” and numerous injuries before crashing into the bus.

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Beyoncé Heads to Hometown of Houston to Support Hurricane Harvey Victims

 

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Beyoncé went down to her hometown of Houston, Texas on Friday, September 8 to support the victims of Hurricane HarveyBeyoncé, along with her former groupmate Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, served food to victims of the hurricane. 

Bey later made an appearance at Houston's St. John's Church with her daughter Blue Ivy and mother Tina Knowles. 

While at the church Beyoncé shared some words, saying to the crowd, “This today is a celebration of survival. Y'all are my family, Houston is my home, and I thank God that y'all are safe, that your children are safe, the thing that really matters is your health and your children and your family and your life, and I just want to say that I love you.”

You can watch the clip of Beyoncé's speech at St. John's Church up top. 

A few days back Beyoncé, following a post she made to Instagram that read “Texas, you are in my prayers,” told the Houston Chronicle, “My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help.” She continued, “I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John's in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can.” 

Beyoncé will also be a part of a telethon to raise funds for the victims and surviors of the flooding titled Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief. The telethon, which will be broadcast on ABC, CBS, CMT, Fox, NBC, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube on Sept. 12, will feature Kelly Rowland, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Karlie Kloss, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Sandler, and others. The event was organized by Bun B and Scooter Braun. 

 

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Philadelphia Police Union President Calls Black Lives Matter Protestors ‘Rabid Animals’

John McNesby, the president of a Philadelphia police union, called Black Lives Matter protestors “a pack of rabid animals” and “a racist hate [group] determined to to instigate violence.” He made these remarks at a “Back the Blue” rally held on Thursday night to support the police force in response to a Black Lives Matter protest outside the house of Ryan Pownall, the police officer who shot and killed David Jones at a traffic stop in June.

Back in June, Pownall stopped Jones, who was driving a dirt bike, for reckless driving. According to police, Pownall felt a handgun in Jones’s waistband as he pat him down. After a struggle, Jones did allegedly grab his gun, and Pownall fired, but it jammed. This is when Jones began running away, and Pownall fatally shot him in the back.

This is the second black man Pownall has shot in the back. He shot Carnell Williams-Carney, who is now 36 years old and has been in a wheelchair ever since, in 2010.

The rally was held at the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) headquarters, of which McNesby is president.

“When you go to work each day, you shouldn’t have to worry that a pack of rabid animals will suddenly show up at your home and openly threaten your family,” McNesby said. “These are not activists, they are racist hate groups determined to instigate violence.”

Last year, McNesby defended a police officer who appeared to have a large Nazi tattoo on his forearm. When photos of officer Ian Hans Lichtermann popped up on Twitter with what many believed were symbols from Hitler’s Nazi party, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kinney called the tattoo “incredibly offensive.” McNesby, on the other hand, said, “It’s an Eagle. Not a big deal.”

Asa Khalif, a Black Lives Matter activist active in Philadelphia, said neither she nor fellow protestors were deterred by McNesby’s words. “We will not let words stop us,” Khalif told NBC. “The only words we’re using is justice for David Jones, and we will not be sidetracked by the bullying tactics of the FOP.”

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This Albuquerque Station’s News Van Was Carjacked During a Report on Crime

Michelle Donaldson, the news director of local Albuquerque station KOB-TV, may be taking back one of her longstanding rules about the NBC affiliate’s stories, after someone stole the station’s news van during an on-location shoot about local crime.

“I have a rule, that you can never be the lead of your own newscast,” Donaldson told the Albuquerque Journal. “So this violates that rule.”

As Donaldson’s crew gathered footage in Downtown Abuquerque for a report about a local company contemplating a move because of an increase in crime, at least one thief made off with their van.

Members of the station were able to recover the van about an hour later without any police intervention. According to reports, crew members used the on-board GPS system in the vehicle to track its whereabouts after the thief apparently abandoned the damaged van. Donaldson said the vehicle was locked and no keys were left inside, leaving her somewhat confused as to how the thief started the SUV.

“Our entire news crew is a little shaken up,” said KOB-TV reporter Kai Porter. “Our news car was stolen from this parking lot here at Central and 1st as we were getting set up for our live shot. Our crew’s okay, we called 9-1-1 and reported it to police. But it just goes to show you that anybody can be impacted by crime down here in this area.”

The live shot was slated to be part of a story about tech startup, Lavu, and the company’s growing concerns about crime in the area. Instead, members of the KOB-TV news staff ended up being subjects of the very type of criminal activity their report was spotlighting.

“We were doing a story about those concerns, and the city’s response to those concerns when, ironically, we became victims of crime ourselves in exactly the area they’re talking about,” Donaldson said.

Despite damage to the SUV, no members of the KOB-TV news crew were harmed.

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