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Marco Arment goes through the changes in Twitter’s API, explaining some of them in human-understandable language. The restrictions are essentially forcing third party apps that compete with Twitter’s own apps to act and look more like them. In other words, eliminating the differences to a point that it would make little to no sense for anyone to create competing apps.
There is also no room for third party services to interact from inside Twitter apps unless Twitter gives its blessing. In recent versions, Twitter has removed translation and read later services from its mobile apps.