Instagram Could Soon Allow Users to Post Long-Form Video

Instagram, which allows users to post photos and brief glimpses of their lives through short videos, is getting ready to go long.

The Facebook Inc. FB -0.18% -owned photo and video sharing app is preparing to launch a new feature that will include long-form video, according to people familiar with the matter. The feature, which could allow videos of up to an hour in length, will focus on vertical video, or video that is taller than it is wide, one of the people said. Until now, Instagram hasn’t allowed users to post any videos longer than one minute.

The people said the plans are tentative and subject to change.

In recent weeks, Instagram has had conversations with content creators and publishers about producing long-form video for the platform, a person familiar with the matter said. The feature, if it launches, will do so within the Instagram app, another person said.

The audience for original digital video, defined by the Interactive Advertising Bureau as ad-supported, professionally produced and distributed digitally, has grown substantially in recent years. An IAB report estimated earlier this year that the audience among U.S. adults has expanded from 45 million in 2013 to 72 million in 2018, or by 60%.

Instagram was founded in 2010 as a photo-sharing service by Stanford University graduates Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. Built as an app for the iPhone, it grew rapidly as users gravitated to its novel filters, which transformed the look of photos.

Facebook acquired it for about $1 billion in 2012. As of September, the app had 800 million monthly active users. Instagram’s feed also has posts from advertisers.

The decision to launch long-form video comes about two years after the launch of Instagram Stories, a feature that allows users to share photos and multiple short videos of up to 15 seconds uploaded within a 24-hour time-span. Instagram Stories is now one of the app’s most popular and fastest-growing features, according to the company, with about 300 million daily users.

The longer video option on Instagram aligns with recent moves by Facebook to make video a bigger focus of its offerings. This push has given Facebook an entree into additional video advertising, which sells at higher rates than other kinds of digital advertising.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has called video a “mega trend,” and Facebook has recently funded a portfolio of professionally produced shows for its Watch tab. Facebook has a mixed record with video. In 2016, the company signed contracts with nearly 140 media companies and celebrities amounting to more than $50 million to create content for Facebook Live. The feature, which allowed users to stream live video, became mired in controversy when it was used to broadcast acts of violence.

—Deepa Seetharaman contributed to this article.

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How To Find Apartments Las Vegas NV Has To Offer

If you’re looking for apartments Las Vegas NV has to offer, you’ve come to the right place. Here, you can learn how to find good apartments for rent Las Vegas NV options. There are plenty to choose from so you’re going to need to know how to find the best of the bunch.

Any apartment that you’re going to rent needs to be checked over in person. You want to go through each room and check in places like the closets to see if there are any damages or other problems like stains on the carpeting. When you notice an issue, bring it up with the person showing you the apartment. Ask them if they plan to fix up the apartment or not before you sign a lease. You don’t want to end up renting a place that has problems that you are then blamed for when you want to move out.

When you rent a place, you’re going to have to pay more than just a month of rent. Generally, you have to pay a security deposit and sometimes you have to pay the last month’s rent as well. You’re going to want to contact the owner of the apartment to ask them questions about what you have to pay for. Sometimes, for instance, the rent will include utilities and sometimes it won’t. Once you can do the math you can figure out if you can afford to live somewhere or if you should avoid it because it’s not that affordable for you.

Figure out what other people have said about the apartments in the past before you rent any of them. You can generally look the name up of an apartment along with the word reviews to find out what others have said about them in the past. You’re going to want to try to find, however, the more recent reviews if at all possible so you know what the place has been like in recent weeks. You don’t want to trust something that is super old because it may no longer be true of the place.

Before signing a lease, do your best to go over it and find out what you’re agreeing to. You don’t want to find out after you sign it that you have to do things like pay really high late fees if you’re just a day late on your rent. There are a lot of rules that you have to abide by, like not making noise past a certain time, so you want to know what to expect. Otherwise, you could end up breaking the rules and that can end in you not being able to live there any longer if you break enough of them.

Apartments Las Vegas NV options are now something you can research. You want to make sure that you always look for the best of the best when it comes to the apartments you’re thinking of living in. That way, you can enjoy yourself in your apartment and can live there with no problems.

Sprouts opening new southern Las Vegas store in August

Alvina Andrzejewski and her 1-year-old son Chloe leave a newly opened Sprouts Farmers Market at 8441 Farm Road, in Las Vegas on Wednesday Sept. 27, 2017. Bizuayehu Tesfaye Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Alyssa Pattinson, right, pushes a cart while shopping with her parents Alexis McConnell, second left, and Martin on the opening day of Sprouts Farmers Market at 8441 Farm Road, in Las Vegas on Wednesday Sept. 27, 2017. Bizuayehu Tesfaye Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
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Sprouts Farmers Market will open a 30,000-square-foot store location at 1140 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd. in August, the company said Thursday.

To prepare for the opening, the Phoenix-based supermarket chain expects to hire about 140 employees for the store.

The 30,000-square-foot store is slated to open at 7 a.m. Aug. 22.

The 140 employees are a mix of full time, part time, department managers, clerks, cashiers, and other positions.

The company will also open a store near North Decatur Boulevard and the 215 Beltway on Aug. 1.

The other Sprouts expected to open soon is near Warm Springs Road and Rainbow Boulevard.

Contact Wade Tyler Millward at 702-383-4602 or wmillward Follow @wademillward on Twitter.

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U.S., China Weigh Deal on ZTE, Agricultural Tariffs

The U.S. and China are closing in on a deal that would give China’s ZTE Corp. a reprieve from potentially crippling U.S. sanctions in exchange for Beijing removing tariffs on billions of dollars of U.S. agricultural products, said people in both countries briefed on the deal.

The negotiations would also ease roadblocks in China faced by a U.S. semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc., whose proposed acquisition of NXP Semiconductors NV of the Netherlands has been held up by Beijing. China’s Commerce Ministry has pledged to immediately restart its review of the acquisition, a person close to the agency said. The ministry has held up a number of multibillion-dollar cross-border deals being pursued by U.S. companies over the past few months.

ZTE is a Shenzen-based telecommunication-equipment producer that has been hamstrung by a U.S. ban on component sales to the firm.

A deal isn’t completed and could fall apart as discussions continue, particularly since the U.S. side is sharply divided over how to deal with China. On Sunday, President Donald Trump said in a tweet that he was working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to get ZTE “a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost.” He said the Commerce Department has been instructed to “get it done!”

The tweet took many in Mr. Trump’s inner circle by surprise, said people involved in the discussions, and wasn’t preceded by interagency discussions on the policy. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who has been leading discussions recently with Chinese officials in Washington, has been the key player in the ZTE deal discussions, said people involved in U.S. talks with China.

Futures for soybeans and some other agricultural commodities bounced after The Wall Street Journal first reported Monday that U.S. and Chinese officials were working on a deal. July-dated soybean futures rose 2% to $10.24 a bushel at the Chicago Board of Trade on Monday morning, adding to gains made earlier in the day. Corn prices were also slightly higher.

Under the deal being discussed, the U.S. would relax last month’s order banning American companies from selling components to ZTE, which has long been viewed as a Chinese national champion for its effort to take a global lead in establishing 5G mobile internet networks. That Commerce Department ruling, based on allegations that ZTE didn’t comply with a previous settlement over illicit sates to Iran, would cripple not only the company itself but also other state-controlled Chinese firms including China’s three large telecom carriers, Beijing officials have said.

In return for the potential relief on ZTE, the people say, China would agree to hold back tariffs on a variety of U.S. agricultural products it announced in early April as retaliation for U.S. tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum exports. The U.S. products targeted include ginseng and pork.

China would also ease some nontariff restrictions on American farm products as part of the potential pact, according to the people. For instance, since late last year, China has tightened quality testing for U.S. soybeans, resulting in the crop getting held up at Chinese ports.

The Trump administration worries that a backlash among U.S. farmers to tariffs could endanger Republican efforts to keep control of the House and Senate in midterm elections.

A deal would be a kind of confidence-building exercise as China’s chief economic envoy, Liu He, is expected to arrive in Washington on Tuesday for talks through the end of the week. The two sides hope to put together a preliminary deal resolving their trade fights, which have roiled world markets.

After Mr. Trump’s tweet on Sunday, U.S. investment firm Rangeley Capital noticed an almost instantaneous change in Chinese regulators’ attitude about the proposed merger between Qualcomm and NXP Semiconductors. Chinese regulators previously had held up approval of the deal in response to growing trade tensions, including the U.S. action against ZTE.

“All of a sudden it was a tweet the president put out on ZTE,” said Rangeley partner Chris DeMuth Jr. “And then [the Chinese regulator] started up the review again.” Rangeley is an investor in NXP.

Disputes between the world’s two largest economies include U.S. tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum exports, U.S. allegations that China forces American companies in China to transfer technology to their Chinese partners and U.S. accusations that ZTE conducted illicit sales to North Korea and Iran.

More broadly the U.S. wants China to reduce the $375 billion U.S. trade deficit in goods with China and increase imports of U.S. products. A U.S. proposal in early May called on China slash that deficit by at least $200 billion by the end of 2020, a number China rejected. Since then the two sides have been talking about how to reduce the gap through increased purchases of U.S. goods and services.

The negotiations are complicated by mistrust on both sides. The U.S. wants to make sure that any concessions the Chinese make can be verified and aren’t followed by new barriers that disadvantage U.S. companies. The Chinese want to be certain that a settlement with the U.S. won’t be followed in a year or two by another broad-based attack on Chinese economic practices.

The two sides have been at loggerheads for months, trading threats of tariffs and other sanctions. One big change has been the prospect of a deal between the U.S. and North Korea to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons. China’s aid is crucial for that deal to be successful.

Complicating matters, the U.S. side is bitterly divided between Mr. Mnuchin and others in the administration. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and White House trade adviser Peter Navarro want a tougher U.S. line against China and deep changes in Chinese practices, including the elimination of subsidies that help Chinese companies compete internationally. Forcing those changes could require the U.S. to go through with threats and levy tariffs on as much as $150 billion of Chinese imports, moves that would disrupt the relationship and could sink markets.

The unfolding deal is already kicking up criticism from trade allies of the administration. “It’s outrageous,” said American Enterprise Institute China scholar Derek Scissors. “We are giving up on punishing ZTE for the Chinese restoring the trade status quo.”

Mr. Scissors, who has consulted with the Trump administration on China policy said, the prospective deal “shows we have nothing like the resolve necessary to take on the Chinese.”

The Chinese were more hopeful about the outcome. “The two sides will work together for positive and constructive outcomes for the upcoming consultations,” Lu Kang, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, said at a regular briefing Monday. Mr. Lu, who didn’t elaborate, said Mr. Liu will be in Washington until Saturday.

Write to Lingling Wei at and Bob Davis at

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Hezbollah Faces Rising Discontent in Lebanese Heartland Ahead of Election

BRITAL, Lebanon—Hezbollah has expanded its regional clout by recruiting thousands of young men from Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley to fight in Syria. But the war next door is producing a tide of discontent at home for the Lebanese militia and political group ahead of elections on Sunday.

Critics point to Hezbollah’s failures to produce much-needed economic progress in its Shiite heartland and complain about the dominant influence Iran wields through it in Lebanon.

“Hezbollah is now part of Iran. It is not good for Lebanon, or for Shias,” said Sheikh Abbas Jawhari, an influential Shiite cleric campaigning against Hezbollah for a civil-society electoral group called Dignity and Development.

Mr. Jawhari, who joined Hezbollah in the 1980s at age 16 but later grew disillusioned, is among the critical clerics, former fighters and families of fallen militiamen who have emerged as the group’s ad hoc opposition in an area where it has long had no discernible competition.

Few places are as important to Hezbollah as the Bekaa, a fertile valley in northeastern Lebanon. More than 1,200 Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have been killed in Syria since 2012, according to Ali Alfoneh, a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank.

Some 28% of those killed came from the Baalbek-Hermel governorate in the Bekaa—the heart of the valley, with a population of 400,000—according to the Washington Institute, a research organization tracking the war in Syria.

Reflecting that heavy price, highway banners in the Bekaa Valley express open opposition to Hezbollah candidates. “We care for the resistance, but our loyalty is to Baalbek-Hermel,” one slogan read, suggesting that the local community’s welfare matters more than Hezbollah’s military ventures abroad.

Some staunch Hezbollah foot soldiers are among those voicing dissent.

In April, Ali Mazloum, an ex-fighter in Syria whose father died fighting Israel, published an open letter to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, berating him for not tackling corruption within the movement. His letter drew support on social media.

In apparent response to criticism, Hezbollah has recently shifted its message. Giving an unusual number of get-out-the-vote speeches, Mr. Nasrallah has refrained from talking about Syria much at all, focusing instead on economic concerns in Lebanon.

Hezbollah’s spokesman, Mohammad Afif, said the group was looking to get more involved in Lebanon’s economic policy and the fight against corruption. Hezbollah currently forms part of Lebanon’s government, where it wields influence far beyond its 13 of parliament’s 128 seats.

The poverty rate in the Bekaa stands around 36%, one of the highest in the country, according to the World Bank and Lebanon’s Central Administration of Statistics. That doesn’t include the nearly 500,000 Syrian refugees who have temporarily settled in the valley, adding pressure on the area’s resources.

Despite the grass-roots discontent, a tradition of low voter turnout and strong Shiite adherence to Hezbollah means the group isn’t in much political danger.

Lebanon’s other main parties are also under fire. Corruption and nepotism have weighed on voter turnout and spawned new political entrants, especially from the small nation’s vibrant civil society.

In the Bekaa Valley, there is still widespread support for Hezbollah’s self-proclaimed resistance as well as for its Iran-inspired brand of Shia Islam. Hezbollah is still widely seen as a critical line of defense against border threats from Israel and the extremist group Islamic State.

In many of the valley’s towns, cemeteries have sections dedicated to Hezbollah fighters killed over the past three decades. In a cemetery in Brital, near the Syrian border, a young man clad in fatigues walked among the graves.

“That’s my friend,” he said pointing to a grave to his left. “That’s my brother-in-law,” he said, gesturing to another. “I am on the same path of martyrdom as them, God willing.”

Some see Hezbollah’s the group’s alignment with Iran and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as problematic, however. “Shias have a history of aligning with the oppressed, not with dictatorships,” Mr. Jawhari said.

“We are a resistance [movement], and you don’t do resistance by going to war in Syria,” said a former militant whose brother died fighting Israel in the 1990s. “I will gladly go to fight Israel. But I won’t send my sons to die in Syria.”

The former fighter scoffed at Hezbollah’s election promises to bring development to the Bekaa.

“This is all empty talk,” he said. “They drop in by parachute, give us these promises and after elections we see nothing.”

Hezbollah brooks little dissent, Mr. Jawhari said. The cleric said he was arrested in March in Beirut on drug charges, which Lebanese authorities later dropped for lack of evidence. A week later, he said, gunmen shot at his driver. Mr. Jawhari said those incidents reflect the group’s rigid, totalitarian approach to even minor dissent. Hezbollah said it had no comment on the allegations.

However slim the chances are that his group will win a seat in parliament, Mr. Jawhari sees dissent growing.

“There is a generation that has discovered that their ambitions will not be achieved through Hezbollah, which at this point is going from one war to the next,” he said. “The reality is that they have thousands of casualties in Syria, but very little to show for them.”

Corrections & Amplifications Hezbollah has 13 seats in the Lebanese parliament, and the defense ministry is controlled by the Free Patriotic Movement, a party that belongs to the country’s coalition government. An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Hezbollah has 14 seats and that it controlled the defense ministry. (05/03/2018)

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Watchdog warns of humanitarian crisis in Egypt’s Sinai

CAIRO – A leading international rights group is warning of a humanitarian crisis in the northern part of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula amid severe restrictions on the movement of people and goods due to a massive security operation against Islamic militants.

Human Rights Watch says the campaign has left up to 420,000 residents in northern Sinai in urgent need of humanitarian aid since the operation started in early February.

Monday’s statement by the New York-based group also urged authorities to provide sufficient food and allow relief organizations to provide resources to address local residents’ critical needs.

Egypt has struggled to contain a long-running insurgency in Sinai.

The military’s operation has targeted militants in Sinai as well as parts of the Nile Delta region and the Western Desert, along the porous border with Libya.

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Las Vegas Weekend Forecast: Comfortable Days Ahead

LAS VEGAS, NV – You hear that wind? Of course you do. That will continue throughout the day before yielding to the start of a mild weekend in Las Vegas. Temperatures will range from the mid 70s to the low 80s with very little chance of rain. Plan ahead with this Las Vegas weekend forecast.

Today, breezy starting this afternoon, continuing until this evening.

Friday April 13

Clear throughout the day. High 75, low 46.

Chance of precipitation: 3%. Wind 12 mph from the NNW

Saturday April 14

Clear throughout the day. High 81, low 47.

Chance of precipitation: 8%. Wind 3 mph from the NNE

Sunday April 15

Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 85, low 53.

Chance of precipitation: 4%. Wind 4 mph from the SSE

Monday April 16

Mostly cloudy in the morning and breezy throughout the day. High 77, low 56.

Chance of precipitation: 0%. Wind 16 mph from the SW

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1 dead in auto pedestrian crash in North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas Police say the crash happened around 9 p.m. on North Las Vegas Boulevard and McCarran Street.

The female victim died at the scene. The driver of the vehicle remained in the area and police are trying to determine the cause of the accident.

8 News NOW will have updates on this developing story.

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Las Vegas Community Celebrations Starting In April

LAS VEGAS, NV – Starting in April, the city of Las Vegas will host a number of community celebrations at elementary schools across the city. The "Safe Summer Nights" celebration will include free music and games, face painting, arts and crafts, and drinks (while they last). Each event will also have a health and resource fair.

The dates for the six events are:

Thursday, April 5, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hollingsworth Elementary School, 1776 Ogden Ave.Thursday, April 12, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Wendell P. Williams Elementary School, 1030 N. J St.Thursday, April 19, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Red Rock Elementary School, 408 Upland Blvd.Thursday, April 26, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at J.T. McWilliams Elementary School, 1315 Hiawatha Rd.Thursday, May 10, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Matt Kelly Elementary School, 1900 N. J St.Thursday, May17, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Kermit Booker Elementary School, 2277 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.

For more information on how to participate, call Candace Boring at 702-229-2072.

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Scam Artists Running Lottery Ticket Scam In Las Vegas Sought

LAS VEGAS, NV – In February, two unidentified individuals orchestrated a lottery ticket scam in Las Vegas, allegedly targeting older Spanish speaking Hispanic women, police say. According to a Metro release, the two perpetrators approached the victims asking for help cashing a lottery ticket before taking their money and leaving them at a local business or residence.

Police say a man and a woman between 35-45 years old are responsible for the crime. According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, the woman approaches the victims asking for help to cash a winning lottery ticket, saying she can’t cash the ticket herself because of her legal status in America. The male then approaches the woman and the suspect and offers help. The woman gets in the man’s car, "to make the victim feel more comfortable," according to the Metro release. They then make a phone call inside the car to a number that says the ticket is worth $1,000,000, but requires a payment before claiming the prize. The man and woman take the victims to the ATM or bank to withdraw the cash, then tell them to go to a local business to get something to complete the transaction. At that point, the man and woman drive off in a car while the victims are left where they are.

Police say that because of the age of the victims, both over 50, and the fact that they were Spanish speaking, the two perpetrators may be targeting that specific demographic.

The vehicle used in the crimes is a black four-door sedan. Anyone with information about the crimes is encouraged to call LVMPD at 702-828-3483 or 702-385-5555.

Images and video via LVMPD


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