The Daily Scoop: 1-27-2015

Tuesday's top trending stories

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“The Daily Scoop” is the morning segment on KDLT News Today that highlights the top trending stories on social media.

#Snowmageddon2015

On Twitter it’s being hailed as #Snowmageddon2015.

In Plymouth, Massachusetts blowing and drifting snow lowered visibility and made travel treacherous.

Governor of Massachusetts urged residents to hunker down and stay put during the blizzard.

New York braced for the worst Monday night. The snowstorm began blasting the big apple yesterday afternoon but calmed down as night fell over the city.

Not only were the city streets quieter than normal Monday night, so was Madison Square Garden.

The game between the Sacramento Kings and the New York Knicks was rescheduled due to the impending weather, as was the game between the Portland Trailblazers and the Brooklyn Nets.

The forecast originally called for 20 to 30 inches of snow in the New York metro area, but meteorologists now say the worst of the storm will slam the New England area.

Social media sites suffer 40 minute outage                                                            

Facebook and Instagram were among several social networking sites that suffered temporary outages Monday night into Tuesday, affecting users in the United States, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Facebook, which has 1.25 billion active users, and Instagram which has about 300 million, were both down for roughly 40 minutes between 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. Central time.

Some users reported that the dating service Tinder, AOL’s instant messenger AIM and other sites had also been offline.

So what did Facebook and Instagram users do to express their desperation? The turned to Twitter of course! One user claiming “there’s more to life than Instagram and Facebook everyone. Tweeting about them being down, for example.”

Emma Watson to play “Belle”                                                                                       

Much to the delight of many of her fans, British actress Emma Watson will soon become a Disney princess.

The “Harry Potter” star has signed on to play “Belle” in a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast.” Watson announced the news on her Facebook page, saying “it was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There.’My 6-year-old-self is on the ceiling – heart bursting.”

“Dreamgirls” director, Bill Condon will helm the new film.