Aug 22, 2017

CNN launches daily Snapchat show called "The Update"

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CNN is launching a daily news show for Snapchat called "The Update." The show will include breaking news segments and highlight big stories from CNN reporters and staff around the world. It will air daily at 6 p.m. ET.

Why it matters: Snapchat is making major investments in news content. Not only do outlets like The Wall Street Journal and Mashable have Snapchat Discover channels, major networks are taking to the platform to create shows exclusively for Snapchat. Snapchat has also invested in an editorial staff to produce their own news content, with news veterans like former CNN correspondent Peter Hamby.

Will it work? Signs point to success. Axios reported last week that NBC News' Snapchat show has been posting monster numbers (29 million unique viewers in less than a month.) CNN's current Snapchat Discover channel gets roughly 12 million monthly uniques.

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Why it matters: Unless a sufficient level of immunity is achieved in the population, the coronavirus could circulate indefinitely and potentially flare up as future outbreaks.

Judge rules all three defendants in shooting of Ahmaud Arbery will stand trial

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A judge ruled on Thursday that all three men charged in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was shot and killed in February Glynn County, Georgia, will stand trial, AP reports.

Why it matters: The video of Arbery's death was among several catalysts in the mass protests against racial injustice that have unfurled across the country and world over the past week and a half.

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With politicians, clergy and law enforcement in attendance on Thursday in Minneapolis, the family of George Floyd demanded recognition for his life well lived.

Why it matters: Floyd has become the latest symbol of police brutality after he was killed last week when a police officer held a knee to his neck.