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Google’s constant product shutdowns are damaging its brand • Ars Technica
Ron Amadeo:
<p>It's only April, and 2019 has already been an absolutely brutal year for Google's product portfolio. The Chromecast Audio was discontinued January 11. YouTube annotations were removed and deleted January 15. Google Fiber packed up and left a Fiber city on February 8. Android Things dropped IoT support on February 13. Google's laptop and tablet division was reportedly slashed on March 12. Google Allo shut down on March 13. The "Spotlight Stories" VR studio closed its doors on March 14. The URL shortener was cut off from new users on March 30. Gmail's IFTTT support stopped working March 31.

And today, April 2, we're having a Google Funeral double-header: both Google+ (for consumers) and Google Inbox are being laid to rest. Later this year, Google Hangouts "Classic" will start to wind down, and somehow also scheduled for 2019 is Google Music's "migration" to YouTube Music, with the Google service being put on death row sometime afterward.

We are 91 days into the year, and so far, Google is racking up an unprecedented body count. If we just take the official shutdown dates that have already occurred in 2019, a Google-branded product, feature, or service has died, on average, about every nine days.

Some of these product shutdowns have transition plans, and some of them (like Google+) represent Google completely abandoning a user base. The specifics aren't crucial, though. What matters is that every single one of these actions has a negative consequence for Google's brand, and the near-constant stream of shutdown announcements makes Google seem more unstable and untrustworthy than it has ever been. </p>

Wellll.. as someone who once <a href="">tried to catalogue all the Google products and services that had opened, closed and/or survived</a> (the mean lifespan was 1459 days, ie just under four years), I can't say that many of these closures have harmed my opinion of the Google brand. Though I did think then that it would harm developers' view of Google services' reliability. Perhaps this is a trope. But is it true?
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april 2019 by charlesarthur
Killed by Google - The Google Graveyard & Cemetery
The Google Graveyard: A list of dead products Google has killed and laid to rest in the Google Cemetery.
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march 2019 by marek-saji
Cemetery Prayer. # 6 - Prayers - Catholic Online
1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe ...
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march 2018 by thejaymo
Bike Share Oversupply in China: Huge Piles of Abandoned and Broken Bicycles - The Atlantic
"Last year, bike sharing took off in China, with dozens of bike-share companies quickly flooding city streets with millions of brightly colored rental bicycles. However, the rapid growth vastly outpaced immediate demand and overwhelmed Chinese cities, where infrastructure and regulations were not prepared to handle a sudden flood of millions of shared bicycles. Riders would park bikes anywhere, or just abandon them, resulting in bicycles piling up and blocking already-crowded streets and pathways. As cities impounded derelict bikes by the thousands, they moved quickly to cap growth and regulate the industry. Vast piles of impounded, abandoned, and broken bicycles have become a familiar sight in many big cities. As some of the companies who jumped in too big and too early have begun to fold, their huge surplus of bicycles can be found collecting dust in vast vacant lots."
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march 2018 by gohai

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