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Twitter will shut down Periscope in March

The company will discontinue its live streaming app to focus on live video within Twitter itself, announced Twitter product lead and Periscope founder Kayvon Beykpour on Tuesday.


Periscope will be removed from the app stores in March, and users will be given some time to download their existing live streams. The creation of new accounts will be disabled with the next update of the Periscope app.

In a blog post, Twitter pointed to limited usage as the main reason for this decision. "The Periscope app is in an unsustainable maintenance-mode state, and has been for a while," the post reads in part. "Over the past couple of years, we've seen declining usage and know that the cost to support the app will only continue to go up over time."

Twitter's decision to sunset Periscope is not a huge surprise: Notorious reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong recently found text in the code of Twitter's app that suggested a shutdown was imminent.

Big Tech benefits from Biden’s sweeping immigration actions

Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai praised President Biden's immigration actions, which read like a tech industry wishlist.

Newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden signed two immigration-related executive orders on Wednesday.

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Immediately after being sworn in as president Wednesday, Joe Biden signed two pro-immigration executive orders and delivered an immigration bill to Congress that reads like a tech industry wishlist. The move drew enthusiastic praise from tech leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

President Biden nullified several of former-President Trump's most hawkish immigration policies. His executive orders reversed the so-called "Muslim ban" and instructed the attorney general and the secretary of Homeland Security to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which the Trump administration had sought to end. He also sent an expansive immigration reform bill to Congress that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals and make it easier for foreign U.S. graduates with STEM degrees to stay in the United States, among other provisions.

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Emily Birnbaum

Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.

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