In Pictures: Google Grim Reaper. The latest killed projects

The grimmest project, app, and API garrotes from Google’s past eight reapings

A second spring of cleaning, March 2013 The demise of RSS aggregator Google Reader sent cries wailing in the blogosphere, with many accusing Google of corporate malfeasance, crass indifference, and a closet targeting of tech writers, who were among Reader’s most vocal victims. Of course, Reader was in decline: Tech Crunch’s MG Siegler says Reader referrals to its site were down two-thirds in the past 18 months.

Google Apps Script GUI Builder hit the skids. Google restricted direct access to the CalDAV API to select developers. Building Maker, an app that let people build 3D models for certain cities in Google Earth went, too, as did Cloud Connect, which provides a direct way to access Google Drive from Office apps.

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