Engadget: Apollo and other popular third-party Reddit apps have shut down

Engadget: Apollo and other popular third-party Reddit apps have shut down. “Several popular third-party Reddit apps are no longer operational, while a few have chosen to charge users for access, now that the website’s new API rules are in effect. In a lengthy post bidding farewell, Apollo founder Christian Selig said Reddit pulled the plug a little too early, cutting off the app’s access to content on the website.”

Mashable: Twitter API changes crush @PossumEveryHour and other good bots

Mashable: Twitter API changes crush @PossumEveryHour and other good bots. “Another day, another Twitter apocalypse. This time Elon Musk’s company is purging some of the most popular automated accounts from its platform. Little by little over the past few weeks, API access was suspended for a huge cluster of Twitter’s most beloved bots. The suspensions were revealed when Twitter accounts that normally post automated pictures or memes suddenly posted on the site that they are being forced to shut down.”

Washington Post: How new Twitter rules could hinder war crimes research and rescue efforts

Washington Post: How new Twitter rules could hinder war crimes research and rescue efforts. “Twitter’s recent decision under new owner Elon Musk to charge more than $500,000 annually for a once-free tool to analyze posts on the platform is hampering disinformation and war crimes research, and could slow rescue efforts during natural disasters, according to experts and nonprofit groups.”

Engadget: Reddit CEO Steve Huffman defends API changes in AMA

Engadget: Reddit CEO Steve Huffman defends API changes in AMA. “Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has finally spoken publicly about the company’s deeply unpopular API changes that have resulted in some of the most-used third-party reddit apps saying they will be forced to shut down. In an AMA (Ask Me Anything) discussion, Huffman promised improvements to Reddit’s own app, but seemed unwilling to make concessions on pricing and other issues that have rankled the community.”

The Register: Reddit cuts five percent of workers while API pricing shift sours developers

The Register: Reddit cuts five percent of workers while API pricing shift sours developers. “Social media community Reddit plans to lay off about 90 employees, amounting to about five percent of its 2,000-person staff. A company spokesperson confirmed the cuts in an email to The Register, stating that the whole company’s restructuring is part of changes to Reddit’s data, API and mod tools projects.”

The Verge: Reddit will exempt accessibility-focused apps from its unpopular API pricing changes

The Verge: Reddit will exempt accessibility-focused apps from its unpopular API pricing changes. “Reddit is creating an exemption to its unpopular new API pricing terms for makers of accessibility apps, which could come as a big relief for some developers worried about how to afford the potentially expensive fees and the users that rely on the apps to browse Reddit.”

The Verge: Major Reddit communities will go dark to protest threat to third-party apps

The Verge: Major Reddit communities will go dark to protest threat to third-party apps. “Some of Reddit’s biggest communities including r/videos, r/reactiongifs, r/earthporn, and r/lifeprotips are planning to set themselves to private on June 12th over new pricing for third-party app developers to access the site’s APIs. Setting a subreddit to private, aka ‘going dark,’ will mean that the communities taking part will be inaccessible by the wider public while the planned 48-hour protest is taking place.”

The Verge: Twitter just closed the book on academic research

The Verge: Twitter just closed the book on academic research. “Twitter was once a mainstay of academic research — a way to take the pulse of the internet. But as new owner Elon Musk has attempted to monetize the service, researchers are struggling to replace a once-crucial tool. Unless Twitter makes another about-face soon, it could close the chapter on an entire era of research.”

Lifehacker: OpenAI’s ‘Pay As You Go’ Is the Best Way to Use ChatGPT

Lifehacker: OpenAI’s ‘Pay As You Go’ Is the Best Way to Use ChatGPT. “If you’ve tried talking to ChatGPT, you may have noticed that its free website is often slow, needs frequent reloading, and relies on Cloudflare to confirm you’re indeed a human. But contrary to what OpenAI advertises, you don’t need to pay $20 per month for the paid version (ChatGPT Plus) to solve these issues. Instead, opt for OpenAI’s pay-as-you-go plan that charges you based on usage rather than a monthly fee.”

CNN: Academic researchers blast Twitter’s data paywall as ‘outrageously expensive’

CNN: Academic researchers blast Twitter’s data paywall as ‘outrageously expensive’. “In an open letter this week, the Coalition for Independent Technology Research — a group representing dozens of researchers and civil society organizations — said free and open access to Twitter data has historically enabled systematic, large-scale research on social media’s role in public health initiatives, foreign propaganda, political discourse, and even the bots and spam that Musk has blamed for ruining Twitter. But Twitter’s new tiered access system undercuts all of that, the researchers said.”