In Pictures: Google Grim Reaper. The latest killed projects

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

More spring cleaning, September 2012 Just two months after the last spring-cleaning, Google lopped off eight more heads, simultaneously. The most ominous: AdSense for Feeds. Nobody was using AdSense to make money from their RSS feeds, which is why Google killed it, but few people realized at the time that Google had pretty much given up on RSS feeds: AdSense for Feeds was Google’s only way to make money from RSS.

More roadkill: Google Classic Plus let you use any image as a background for the Google search screen. Spreadsheet Gadgets were covered by the native Charts app. Google News Badges rewarded reading news items (!). Places Directory was rolled into Google Maps. Storage in Picasa and Google Drive was consolidated. Insight for Search melded into Trends.

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