Google has been shutting down services that aren’t widely used or which don’t match with the company’s current direction for the past few years. That’s how we lost Google Knol, Google Notebook, and Android App Inventor. And it’s why Google Reader is shutting down this summer.
Now Yahoo seems to be following suit by announcing a group of services that will be shutting down by the end of the month. It’s not a huge surprise, given Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s pedigree: The company poached her from Google.
Here are some interesting tech stories from around the web.
- Yahoo kills Upcoming, Deals, and more
Yahoo CEO Mariss Mayer appears to be taking a page out of Google’s playbook by conducting a spring cleaning. Come April 30th, Upcoming, Yahoo Deals, SMS Alerts and a few other services will shut down. [TNW]
- Kobo Aura HD eReader hands-on
The Kobo Aura HD is one of the more unusual eReaders to launch in the past year. It has a 6.8 inch, 1440 x 1080 pixel E Ink display which is larger, and has a higher pixel density than any other E Ink device on the market. Here’s a hands-on look courtesy of… [Slashgear]
- Phoenix hopes to bring webOS back to life, seeks input on what you’d want from a new webOS device
HP may be pretty much done with webOS as a mobile operating system, but now that it’s open source, anyone can do what they’d like with it. And what Phoenix International Communications would like is to produce new webOS phones, tablets, or other devices. And they’d like your input. [WebOS Nation]
- Bluetimes releases AMlogic AML8726-powered Android media players for under $70
Here are two more Android TV boxes for playing videos, streaming media, or running other Android apps on your TV. They’re a bit bigger than your typical stick-sized Android TV box, but that leaves more room for ports. [CNX Software]
- EU3000 Android TV box with camera
Recently an Android TV box with a built-in camera called the EU2000 showed up. What made it special was the built-in camera and the case designed to sit on top of your TV and point the camera at you for video calling or other activities. Now there’s a new version with a dual-core processor. [AndroidPC.es]