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Google Spring Cleaning

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Google has been doing a bit of spring cleaning lately. Google announced via their [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/spring-cleaning-in-spring.html"]blog[/URL] several projects and applications that are being retired and phased out as part of a spring cleaning effort.

Some of the changes include:

[LIST][*]We are making a number of [B]API changes[/B], adopting a one-year deprecation policy for certain APIs and removing the deprecation policy for others. Additionally, we are retiring some old APIs with limited usage. We have also updated the deprecation policy for all APIs to be much clearer and more concise. Please see the [URL="http://googledevelopers.blogspot.com/2012/04/changes-to-deprecation-policies-and-api.html"]Developers Blog[/URL] for more information.[*][B]Google Related[/B] is an experimental browsing assistant launched to help people find interesting and useful information while they browse the web. The product isn’t experiencing the kind of adoption we’d like, and while we still believe in the value provided to our users, we’ll be retiring the existing product over the next few weeks, so the Related team can focus on creating more magic moments across other Google products.[*]Beginning June 1, 2012, we’re ending our support for [B][URL="http://support.google.com/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=82619"]Google Sync for BlackBerry[/URL][/B]. If you already have the app installed, you’ll still be able to use it; however it will not be available for download after June 1. If you currently use Google Sync for BlackBerry, we [URL="http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2495269"]encourage you[/URL] to switch to [URL="https://myblackberry.com/"]BlackBerry Internet Service[/URL] (BIS) or the [URL="https://tools.google.com/dlpage/appsconnector"]Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server[/URL]going forward. These alternatives offer a better overall experience, as you can sync your email messages, calendar and contacts through a single service.[*]We’re shutting down the [B]mobile web app for Google Talk[/B]. For mobile users who want to continue using Google Talk, we recommend using the native Google Talk app on Android or any XMPP-compliant apps on other mobile platforms.[*]Starting today, the [B]Picasa Web Albums Uploader for Mac[/B] and [B]Picasa Web Albums Plugin for iPhoto[/B] will no longer be available for download. People can continue to use the uploader and plugin if they are installed. However, we’ll no longer maintain these tools. We strongly encourage people to download [URL="http://picasa.google.com/"]Picasa 3.9 for Mac[/URL], which includes upload and iPhoto import features.[/LIST]

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