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MoviePass Reveals Its Newest, Latest, Greatest Plan. For This Week. Today. For Now.

The Verge:

The embattled film-subscription service MoviePass launched its promised new subscriber plan today, the one it previously announced would replace its existing standard one-movie-ticket-per-day plan. As predicted, the new plan is meant to allow subscribers to see three movies per month for a $9.95 subscription fee. But it also adds unexpected new restrictions: according to an email gradually rolling out to subscribers, MoviePass will curate a daily shortlist of movies each day that will be available to subscribers. The first week’s menu of movies has been posted on MoviePass’ website.

Honestly, this one isn’t terrible – if the service were “Hey, take your pick of seeing these movies” from Day One, I’d be less bothered by all of the poorly executed changes to the program over the past year.

Alas, that genie is out of the bottle.

A Summary of All The Third-Party App Issues Caused By Twitter Today

TechCrunch:

It’s hard to be a fan of Twitter right now. The company is sticking up for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, when nearly all other platforms have given him the boot, it’s overrun with bots, and now it’s breaking users’ favorite third-party Twitter clients like Tweetbot and Twitterific by shutting off APIs these apps relied on. Worse still, is that Twitter isn’t taking full responsibility for its decisions.

This whole write-up says it better than I can.

This section in particular:

The company’s email also says it hopes to eventually learn “why people hire 3rd party clients over our own apps.”

Its own apps?

Oh, you mean like TweetDeck, the app Twitter acquired then shut down on Android, iPhone and Windows? The one it generally acted like it forgot it owned? Or maybe you mean Twitter for Mac (previously Tweetie, before its acquisition), the app it shut down this year, telling Mac users to just use the web instead? Or maybe you mean the nearly full slate of TV apps that Twitter decided no longer needed to exist?

And Twitter wonders why users don’t want to use its own clients?

Perhaps, users want a consistent experience – one that doesn’t involve a million inconsequential product changes like turning stars to hearts or changing the character counter to a circle. Maybe they appreciate the fact that the third parties seem to understand what Twitter is better than Twitter itself does: Twitter has always been about a real-time stream of information. It’s not meant to be another Facebook-style algorithmic News Feed. The third-party clients respect that. Twitter does not.

I will continue – even in its restricted form – to use Tweetbot over anything officially Twitter.

Yet, at the same time, I recognize a countdown clock is on for my use of Twitter as a platform.

It’s not the site I loved. It’s not the service I was obsessed with. It’s not where I made friends, it’s not where I met my wife. Not anymore.

Keep chasing being Facebook, Jack. I’ll leave you too.

MY FAVORITE MURDER Creators to Launch Podcast Network

Vulture:

Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the duo behind the beloved crime-themed comedy podcast My Favorite Murder, announced today that they are launching a new network of shows in partnership with Stitcher, the podcast platform owned by Midroll Media. Called Exactly Right, the network will feature podcast programming curated and developed by Kilgariff and Hardstark that will both deepen and expand beyond their traditional focus on true crime and comedy. Specific details on those productions are scant at the moment, but the first shows under the Exactly Right banner are scheduled to roll out later this year.

While I am not a Murderino myself, I am one by proxy, as my wife is a huge fan of the show.

I have no doubt that Georgia and Karen will bring together an awesome mix of creators to their network, and seeing how they cherish and promote the work of their listeners, it will become an incubator for strong talent.