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Instagram cuts off third-party apps which do what Instagram won’t

Over at its blog, Flipboard has an item about Instagram’s decision to cut off access to its photo streams by third-party apps and services as of June 1. You’ll still be able to do stuff like sharing individual photos or flipping them into a Flipboard magazine. But it will no longer be possible for Flipboard … Continue reading “Instagram cuts off third-party apps which do what Instagram won’t”

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Over at its blog, Flipboard has an item about Instagram’s decision to cut off access to its photo streams by third-party apps and services as of June 1. You’ll still be able to do stuff like sharing individual photos or flipping them into a Flipboard magazine. But it will no longer be possible for Flipboard or other apps to serve as alternative interfaces for Instagram in its entirety.

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The news doesn’t exactly come as a surprise: Instagram would rather you use its own app, giving it control over the experience (and the ability to monetize your eyeballs via ads). And the service’s owner, Faceboook, made a similar move years ago, killing a number of third-party Facebook clients. But given that Instagram has only a rudimentary website and no tablet-optimized apps at all, it’s still a shame.

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Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World.

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