Google has recently announced that it'll shut down some of it's services. This is a step towards concentrating more on Google+
The services that Google is going to shut down include:
- Code Search – to help people search for open source code all over the web – will be shut down along with the Code Search API on January 15, 2012.
- In a few weeks, Google Buzz and the Buzz API will be shut down, and focus instead on Google+. While people obviously won't be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.
- Jaiku – for sending updates to friends – will be shut down on January 15, 2012. An option to enable users to export their data from Jaiku might be available.
- With their new focus on Google+, they will remove iGoogle's social features on January 15, 2012. iGoogle itself, and non-social iGoogle applications, will stay as they are.
- The University Research Program for Google Search, which provides API access to our search results for a small number of approved academic researchers, will close on January 15, 2012.
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