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15 services that met their end in 2010

Sites and services come and go all the time. We round up 15 that met their end during the course of 2010. Some of them may even surprise you.

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Over the years, we've worked hard to cover products and services as they've launched and well into their successes and failures. And like any business venture, there's risk involved.

The Web is no different, leaving many sites to close up shop--sometimes just a few months after what their creators had hoped would be a successful launch. In other cases, it's a slow death march, stretched out with the occasional change in strategy, or a last-ditch re-branding effort.

2010 brought the closure of quite a few sites. Some names on this list you'll recognize right away. Others may leave you scratching your head, which may be just one of the many reasons they're no longer with us.

We've gathered 15 such sites and services that were open at the start of the year, and for one reason or another closed up shop. Click on the slideshow link below to find out what they were, what they did, and what happened.

Be sure also to check out last year's list for a trip down memory lane.