Why CNN could soon share your Snapchat content

Why CNN could soon share your Snapchat content
Snap's new Our Stories partnerships play to its greatest strength: its content.
Snap’s new Our Stories partnerships play to its greatest strength: its content.

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2016%2f09%2f16%2f8f%2fhttpsd2mhye01h4nj2n.cloudfront.netmediazgkymde1lza3.c1888By Karissa Bell

For all of Snapchat’s current woes, one of its greatest strengths continues to be its content. 

Whether it’s music festivals, sporting events, catastrophic storms, or other breaking news events, Snapchat has set itself apart from its peers due to its unique ability to provide a first-person view into what’s happening around the world. 

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The challenge for Snap, though, has been that all that content isn’t always easily discoverable outside of the confines of its app. But that’s beginning to change.

Now, Snapchat has enlisted an array of publisher partners to help make sure its user-generated content reaches the largest possible audience. The company announced a new program that will allow publishers to curate their own “Our Stories” using publicly submitted Snapchat content. Over the next few weeks, these Stories will appear in the app’s Discover section and are also viewable on the web

The program, of which initial partners include NBC, Vice, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Mic, and Telemundo, among others, marks a significant expansion of Snapchat’s Our Stories product, which up until now has been curated by Snap employees. 

For publishers, Snapchat content could prove to be a valuable resource. Though Snapchat videos have gone viral in the past, it hasn’t always been easy for media companies to access the content in the way that they can with Twitter and other social media platforms. By opening up Snapchat’s public-facing content to them, these publishers can now take advantage of Snapchat in a much more meaningful way.

For Snap, which has been struggling with user growth in the wake of a disastrous redesign, the new partnerships will help ensure that its content will be seen by more people, even if it’s outside of the Snapchat app. 

The new program also opens up a new revenue source for both Snap and its publisher partners. Snap plans to run ads in the new Our Stories and will share revenue with the publishers, much like it does in Discover. 

So while it likely won’t solve Snapchat’s user growth problem (at least, not anytime soon), the new partnerships are nonetheless an important expansion of Snap’s mission to put Stories Everywhere. And, more importantly, it shows that the company is willing to double down on its greatest strengths.

Massive cliff chunk collapses onto beach in Greece

Massive cliff chunk collapses onto beach in Greece
Zakynthos island (before the cliff incident).
Zakynthos island (before the cliff incident).

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2017%2f10%2f20%2fa0%2fchloebryan11.0b114By Chloe Bryan

Imagine the worst beach trip you possibly can. Now here’s a worse one.

Seven people were injured on Thursday when a cliff face collapsed onto Navigio Beach on the Greek island of Zakynthos, triggering a landslide. According to the Associated Press, the incident began when a large chunk of limestone fell from a cliff into the ocean, creating a large wave that caused several small boats to capsize.

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Beachgoers started to run from the landslide immediately:

Rescuers from the local coast guard and the fire department soon arrived on the scene to evacuate the beach and prevent boats from approaching.

Thankfully, none of the victims’ injuries were life-threatening. One woman was reportedly treated for a fractured vertebra.

The beach is also known as Shipwreck Beach.

Watch a livestream of Hurricane Florence bearing down on North Carolina

Watch a livestream of Hurricane Florence bearing down on North Carolina

This is why you don’t mess with Mother Nature. 

Hurricane Florence is beginning to bear down on the Carolinas with heavy winds and rising tides. Weather forecasts estimate that the Category 2 storm could dump 17 trillion gallons of rain on the East Coast. 

SEE ALSO: Watch hurricane hunters fly into the eye of an intensifying Hurricane Florence

Here’s a live look at the hurricane’s force: 

A camera at the Frying Pan Tower located 34 miles off the coast of Cape Fear, North Carolina has been livestreaming a view of the Atlantic Ocean since May, and is powering through the storm to dutifully record an American flag over the rising waves. 

By Thursday morning, the wind and rain tore the flag down the stripes all the way to the pole. 

At the time of writing, over 116,000 people were watching the storm approach the tower, which “is a privately owned surplus Coast Guard Light Station,” that also doubles as a “unique adventure bed & breakfast” when the weather is more appropriate. 

Another live stream at Wilmington Tower, which usually broadcasts sweeping views of the North Carolina landscape, shows storm clouds rolling in over the ocean. 

 If you’ve ever wanted to experience a hurricane from the safety of your screen, now’s the chance!

The Boring Company wants to build tunnels right under your garage

The Boring Company wants to build tunnels right under your garage

A Southern California city gave the go-ahead this week to Elon Musk’s tunnel-digging venture, The Boring Company, to build an underground car elevator.

Yes, a car elevator that would take your vehicle from your garage on street level to a below-ground chamber that connects to the Boring Company’s growing tunnel network.

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Musk is deep in testing what he says will one day be an underground high-speed transportation system and the latest development is testing direct access from people’s homes to the 100 mph-plus electric pod system in tunnels below. 

A 2-mile test tunnel in Hawthorne, California (just south of the Los Angeles International Airport) is almost complete, so this appears to be part of the next phase. The Boring Company, or TBC, headed back to the Hawthorne City Council Tuesday and got full approval to build a garage-connector test shaft.

From documents submitted to council members and from a presentation at the meeting we can get a sense of what Musk is envisioning: cars descend 45 feet down via an electric elevator, which then hooks up with Loop, the name for the TBC’s transit system.

A proposed test elevator to connect cars to The Boring Company's tunnel network.

A proposed test elevator to connect cars to The Boring Company’s tunnel network.

Image: the boring company/hawthorne city council

At the meeting, the Boring Company explained it had acquired a Hawthorne home to test the elevator system. The test site will be for research and development, and not for public use.

The test elevator is a way to show the Boring Company’s Loop high-speed underground public transit plan connecting stations (the base of the elevators) to the tunnel network on electric skates, or pods. It’s not entirely clear what happens to your personal vehicle in this scenario, but during testing the cars will travel underground and up the shaft to an enclosed garage.

The Mercury News went into more detail as to what the city council approved TBC to build in what looks like an unassuming, palm-tree-lined Los Angeles area neighborhood in the Los Angeles area.

A rendering of an electric skate, or pod, that will carry passengers at high speeds through the Loop tunnels.

A rendering of an electric skate, or pod, that will carry passengers at high speeds through the Loop tunnels.

Image: the boring company/hawthorne city council

It all sounds and looks like a complicated way for commuters to avoid any car traffic, which Musk — who also builds cars — despises.