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FYI: Google changes


Google is continuing to shut down services which aren’t core to its business – something it has been activelydoing ever since Google co-founder Larry Page took over as CEO. Today, the tradition continues as Google is announcing the shuttering of five more services, the most notable of which are Google Video and iGoogle, its personalized homepage offering.

Clearly iGoogle has outlived its usefulness. The service dates back to a time when homepage portals were people’s entry points to the Internet. These days, we just never close our browser tabs, it seems. iGoogle is getting the ax on November 1st, 2013, which is far enough away for users to export their data, says Google.

Another big-name closure is Google Video, a service which has long been overshadowed by Google-owned YouTube. It’s actually surprising that Google Video is still up-and-running, given that it stopped accepting uploads in May 2009. Google Video’s…

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