TechCrunch: Discord kills Gas, the anonymous compliments app it bought nine months ago

TechCrunch: Discord kills Gas, the anonymous compliments app it bought nine months ago. “Discord is shutting down Gas, the anonymous compliments-based social media app it acquired back in January for an undisclosed sum. The app will officially shut down on November 7, the company confirmed to TechCrunch on Thursday. The news of the shut down was first reported by The Information.”

MakeUseOf: 4 Google Podcasts Alternatives to Consider

MakeUseOf: 4 Google Podcasts Alternatives to Consider . “Google Podcasts has been the one-stop destination for many podcast listeners since its launch in 2018. However, Google has been increasingly shifting its focus towards YouTube Music. The platform offers all the functionality of Google Podcasts with the added benefit of offering video support. So, it’s not surprising that the tech giant is shutting down Google Podcasts in late 2024. Fortunately, there are a number of appealing alternatives available.”

TechCrunch: Google pulls its AI Test Kitchen app from Play Store and App Store

TechCrunch: Google pulls its AI Test Kitchen app from Play Store and App Store. “Google has pulled its AI Test Kitchen app from the Play Store and the App Store to focus solely on the web platform. The company launched the AI Test Kitchen experience last year to let users interact with projects powered by different AI models such as LaMDA 2. The first set of experiments included the model breaking down a goal into different subsets and talking about dogs to check if the system sticks to the topic.”

Futurism: Social Media App Shuts Down After Admitting 95% of Users Were Bots

Futurism: Social Media App Shuts Down After Admitting 95% of Users Were Bots. “According to the report, app founder and CEO Abraham Shafi repeatedly claimed over the course of several years that the app boasted roughly 20 million users. The company raised nearly $200 million from the likes of SoftBank’s Vision Fund and Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, among others. Following a series of reports by The Information, which questioned the app’s advertised number of users, the company’s board of investors suspended Shafi and launched an investigation, ultimately revealing that IRL user figures were almost entirely fudged.”

Engadget: Podcast app Stitcher is shutting down in August

Engadget: Podcast app Stitcher is shutting down in August. “Stitcher is shutting down. The popular podcasting app and web service, which SiriusXM acquired in 2020 for $325 million, will close on August 29th, according to an FAQ on its website (via Variety). The move appears geared toward drawing its user base into the broader SiriusXM platform.”

It’s not just Apollo: other Reddit apps are shutting down, too (The Verge)

The Verge: It’s not just Apollo: other Reddit apps are shutting down, too. “Apollo for Reddit isn’t the only Reddit app that’s shutting down due to the company’s new API pricing: on Thursday, rif is fun for Reddit (previously Reddit is Fun), ReddPlanet, and Sync also announced that they would be shutting down on June 30th, the same day Apollo will be.”

Mashable: Popular anti-troll tool Block Party shuts down

Mashable: Popular anti-troll tool Block Party shuts down. “Last week, Twitter launched a new API subscription tier that was supposedly meant for ‘startups.’ Instead of drawing startups in, though, it’s already claiming victims. Block Party, a popular anti-harassment tool, has now gone on ‘indefinite hiatus.'”

Engadget: Spotify will shut down ‘Heardle’ on May 5th

Engadget: Spotify will shut down ‘Heardle’ on May 5th. “Spotify has some disappointing news for Heardle fans: the company is shutting down the song-guessing game, which it bought last summer. ‘Thanks for playing Heardle, but unfortunately we have to say goodbye,’ a message on the Heardle webpage reads. ‘From May 5th, Heardle will no longer be available.'”

Techdirt: Everything Stadia Is Now Officially Dead, Project Head Exits Google

Techdirt: Everything Stadia Is Now Officially Dead, Project Head Exits Google. “The tech industry is absolutely lousy with failure, of course. Ambitious projects and ideas are entertained all the time. Hell, that’s why we get so much actual cool stuff that works coming out of the industry. But for a company with the resources of Google to fail this hard, this fast, and this completely in an endeavor that really kinda should be at least partially in its wheelhouse is not a good look.”

DPReview closure: an update (DPReview)

DPReview: DPReview closure: an update. “We’ve received a lot of questions about what’s next for the site. We hear your concerns about losing the content that has been carefully curated over the years, and want to assure you that the content will remain available as an archive. We’ve also heard that you need more time to access the site, so we’re going to keep publishing some more stories while we work on archiving.”

The Verge: Google will shut down Dropcam and Nest Secure in 2024

The Verge: Google will shut down Dropcam and Nest Secure in 2024. “Google is ending support for the Dropcam and the Nest Secure home security system in one year, on April 8th, 2024. They are among the few remaining Nest products that haven’t been brought over to Google Home, and their demise hints that the new Google Home app might almost be here. At least, no more than a year away. Surely.”

The Verge: Amazon stops selling magazines and newspapers through Kindle Newsstand

The Verge: Amazon stops selling magazines and newspapers through Kindle Newsstand. “Amazon is no longer selling magazine and newspaper subscriptions through Kindle Newsstand and will stop delivering current Kindle Newsstand subscriptions in September, according to an announcement from last week.”

The Register: Google euthanizes Chrome Cleanup Tool because it no longer has a purpose

The Register: Google euthanizes Chrome Cleanup Tool because it no longer has a purpose . “The Cholocate Factory’s Chrome Cleanup Tool was introduced in 2015 – initially as a standalone product and later integrated into the Chrome browser – and has run more than 80 million cleanups over the past eight years. But newer tools that can protect surfers and a changing threat landscape are making the Chrome Cleanup Tool increasingly irrelevant, so with the release this week of Chrome 111 for Windows (and for Mac and Linux, for that matter), the cleanup app was swept out.”

CNET: Microsoft Is Shutting Down Its Social VR Platform AltspaceVR

CNET: Microsoft Is Shutting Down Its Social VR Platform AltspaceVR. “AltspaceVR, a social virtual worlds platform acquired by Microsoft in 2017, will shut down on March 10. In a blog post on Friday, the AltspaceVR team said they’re shifting focus to ‘immersive experiences powered by Microsoft Mesh,’ the tech giant’s cloud-based AR/VR platform.”

Engadget: Your Google Stadia controller won’t be a paperweight after the service shuts down

Engadget: Your Google Stadia controller won’t be a paperweight after the service shuts down. “Google is giving Stadia users some consolation prizes before the game streaming service shuts down on January 18th. To start, it’s planning to release a tool that will enable Bluetooth support on the Stadia controller. You’ll have to wait until next week to download it, but this should make the device useful for just about any title that has gamepad support, so long as the platform recognizes the hardware in the first place.”