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Google Shutting Down Business Video, Team Apps, Listen, Company Blogs

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google-sorry-were-closedGoogle has announced its intent to shut down a number of its seldom-used web applications and services.

The company said that it would be phasing out its Google Apps for Teams and Video for Business services as well as a number of its company blogs and the Google Listen podcast platform.

In shutting down the service, Google said that customer demand for the discontinued services had slowed in recent months. Options such as the Google Apps for Teams service were not receiving enough usage.

"Over time, we realized that Google Apps for Teams was not as useful for people as we originally anticipated," Google director of enoingeering Max Ibel wrote in a blog post announcing the shutdowns. "Beginning September 4, 2012, we'll start converting existing Google Apps for Teams accounts into personal Google Accounts, and shutting down Google Apps for Teams."

Likewise, the company said that content hosted on the Video for Business platform would be transitioned to the Google Drive service, while podcast subscriptions stored on the Google Listen service would be migrated to the Google Reader and Play platforms.

The move is one of several mass shutdown, or "cleaning" operations which Google has undertaken recently. Last month, the company shut down a number of products and services including Google Mini and the iGoogle.

"Technology has the power to change people’s lives. But to make a difference, we need to carefully consider what to focus on, and make hard decisions about what we won’t pursue," Ibel said. "This enables us to devote more time and resources giving you products you love, and making them better for you."

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