THE NEWS WRAP: Twitter urging celebrities to stop using Meerkat

Twitter is urging celebrities to stop using rival live-streaming app Meerkat in favour of their recent acquisition Periscope, according to TechCrunch.

 

Periscope launched in March as Twitter’s answer to Meerkat, after acquiring the startup in January last year.

 

At the time of the launch, Periscope said it wanted to “build the closest thing to teleportation”.

 

“While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video,” the company said.

Hillary Clinton confirms she is entering the 2016 US presidential race

Hillary Clinton has confirmed she is running for US president, announcing the presidential bid over Twitter after an email explaining the campaign to supporters was leaked online.

 

The former US secretary of state is tipped to run a tech-heavy campaign after she snapped up a former Google executive last week to be her chief technology officer.

 

Stephanie Hannon – Google’s former director of product management, civic innovation and social impact – will now oversee a team of software engineers who will manage websites and apps for Clinton’s campaign.

Winter comes early for Game of Thrones fans

The first four episodes of Game of Thrones season five have been leaked online, with thousands of people downloading the files from popular torrent sites within hours of the leaks appearing online.

 

The leaked episodes appear to have originated from review or translation copies, according to Fairfax.

 

Game of Thrones is the most-pirated television series in the world, with Australians among the top offenders.

Overnight

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 98.92 points, rising 0.55% % to 18,057.65. The Aussie dollar is currently trading at around 76.7 US cents.

 

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