Google's 'spring cleaning' hits features in search, news
The company announces it will no longer support lesser-used features in a variety of products.
Fall may have started, but Google's year-old "spring cleaning" is still ongoing.
That's the euphemism Google uses for products that it no longer plans to support.
Most of the changes announced today are minor, but a handful are of note to a wide swath of users:
- Storage in Picasa and Drive will be consolidated so that free users have a combined 5GB across both services. And if you pay, you won't get the 5GB in addition to the amount you paid for. (In other words: pay for 100GB of storage, and 100GB is all you get.)
- AdSense for Feeds, a way publishers could monetize RSS feeds by inserting ads into the feed, will be "retired" starting in October. Publishers can continue to use the feed URLs, though.
- Classic Plus, a search feature that let people select their own background images on Google.com, will no longer be available as of Oct. 16.