A giant social network buying a popular service and then killing it is pretty common. But a giant social network buying a popular service and then making its best features totally free? That’s almost unheard of. But just two months after Pinterest bought Instapaper, the company is doing away with the read-it-later app’s subscription costs. Its premium tier is now totally free.
Pinterest banished ads from Instapaper on the web and made premium features like unlimited notes and speed-reading, full-text search for all articles, text-to-speech playlists, and more available to all users, not just paying ones.