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Google To Kill Reader And Other Services For "Spring Cleaning"

Google To Kill Reader And Other Services For "Spring Cleaning"

by Brad MerrillMarch 13, 2013

Last spring, Larry Page and Co. retired iGoogle, Google Mini, and other services as part of a “spring cleaning” initiative to help it better focus its efforts, and another cleanup round has begun. This time, Google Reader and seven other services are being discontinued, bringing the total number of features closed since 2011 to 70. Reader will keep the lights on until July 1st, and diehard users will be able to keep their data and subscriptions by using the services Takeout tool.

Other products getting the axe include Google’s Building Maker, Cloud Connect, Apps Script, Search API for shopping  and the CalDAV API. The company also confirmed that it’ll no longer sell or provide updates for Snapseed Desktop for Mac and Windows. Blackberry’s Google Voice app is being killed as well, but the company suggests its HTML5 experience is a nice alternative. CEO Larry Page is following through with his promise to keep Google focused on fewer things.

[Google Blog, Google Reader Blog]

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Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.