War correspondent Michael Hastings has died in a car crash in Los Angeles at the age 33, his employer, news website BuzzFeed, has confirmed.
The journalist’s vehicle hit a tree and caught fire on Tuesday morning, US media report.
Michael Hastings was best known for his award-winning profile in Rolling Stone magazine of ex-US Afghanistan commander General Stanley McChrystal.
General Stanley McChrystal was dismissed after he openly criticized President Barack Obama in the story.
The military leader later quipped about the incident, telling military staff during his Pentagon farewell address: “I have stories on all of you, photos of many, and I know a Rolling Stone reporter.”
The accident which killed Michael Hastings is thought to have occurred on Highland Avenue in the Hancock Park neighborhood.
War correspondent Michael Hastings has died in a car crash in Los Angeles at the age 33
Authorities confirmed a man had been killed in a car crash there on Tuesday morning, but would not confirm his identity.
BuzzFeed‘s editor-in-chief, Ben Smith, said he had learnt the news from a family member.
“We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone,” Ben Smith said.
“Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to politicians.”
At the time of his death, Michael Hastings was also still a contributing editor at Rolling Stone.
“I’m sad that I’ll never get to publish all the great stories that he was going to write, and sad that he won’t be stopping by my office for any more short visits which would stretch for two or three completely engrossing hours,” the magazine’s managing editor Will Dana said.
Michael Hastings began his career at Newsweek magazine in 2002, and was named the publication’s Baghdad correspondent in 2005.
Michael Hastings’ work has also appeared in The Washington Post, the LA Times and numerous publications.
Videos sent via smartphone app Snapchat – which should disappear after a few seconds – can be preserved with easy to find tools.
Snapchat has proved popular as it deletes sensitive or risqué photos and videos after a short delay.
But tech news site Buzzfeed has found that videos sent to iPhones can be stored using a workaround.
Snapchat said such “reverse engineering” was always going to be possible.
Using a widely available file-browsing computer program Katie Notopoulos, a staff reporter at Buzzfeed, found that Snapchat and its Facebook equivalent Poke could be used to copy videos temporarily stored on handsets before the apps have been used to view them.
The ability to send video via Snapchat was introduced on 14 December.
When videos were loaded but not opened Katie Notopoulos discovered it was possible to get at and view these copies when users connected their iPhone to a computer and used a file browser to look through its internal memory.
Videos sent via smartphone app Snapchat, which should disappear after a few seconds, can be preserved with easy to find tools
If videos were not viewed, she found, they were stored in a folder called “tmp” by Snapchat or “mediacard” on Facebook’s Poke. Copying the files in these folders to a hard drive stopped them being automatically deleted.
Snapchat is also available on Google Android phones. Katie Notopoulos did not try to find out if videos were preserved in the same way on such smartphones. However, earlier in December Snapchat did issue a patch for a bug that put permanent versions of unwatched videos into the media gallery on Android phones.
Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel told Katie Notopoulos that those who enjoyed the service the most would not go to such lengths to view videos.
“There will always be ways to reverse engineer technology products – but that spoils the fun!” he wrote.
Facebook later added that: “While Pokes disappear after they are read, there are still ways that people can potentially save them… because of this, people should think about what they are sending, and share responsibly.”