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A judge has stalled the WeChat App Store ban

A federal judge in California has issued an injunction against President Trump's executive order banning WeChat.


The ruling, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler, will temporarily halt the Trump administration's attempt to block the use of the app in the U.S. In the ruling, Judge Beeler wrote that WeChat users who had filed a lawsuit against the ban had "shown serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim," adding that "the balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs favor."

Twitter’s future is newsletters and podcasts, not tweets

With Revue and a slew of other new products, Twitter is trying hard to move past texting.

We started with 140 characters. What now?

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Twitter was once a home for 140-character missives about your lunch. Now, it's something like the real-time nerve center of the internet. But as for what Twitter wants to be going forward? It's slightly more complicated.

In just the last few months, Twitter has rolled out Fleets, a Stories-like feature; started testing an audio-only experience called Spaces; and acquired the podcast app Breaker and the video chat app Squad. And on Tuesday, Twitter announced it was acquiring Revue, a newsletter platform. The whole 140-characters thing (which is now 280 characters, by the way) is certainly not Twitter's organizing principle anymore. So what is?

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David Pierce

David Pierce ( @pierce) is Protocol's editor at large. Prior to joining Protocol, he was a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, a senior writer with Wired, and deputy editor at The Verge. He owns all the phones.

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