SERVICE: “Cloud” translates to “Could disapear at the providers’ whim”

From: Google Wave <>
Date: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 12:15 AM
Subject: Google Wave Sunsetting in 2012

Dear Wavers,

More than a year ago, we announced that Google Wave would no longer be developed as a separate product. At the time, we committed to maintaining the site at least through to the end of 2010. Today, we are sharing the specific dates for ending this maintenance period and shutting down Wave. As of January 31, 2012, all waves will be read-only, and the Wave service will be turned off on April 30, 2012. You will be able to continue exporting individual waves using the existing PDF export feature until the Google Wave service is turned off. We encourage you to export any important data before April 30, 2012.

If you would like to continue using Wave, there are a number of open source projects, including Apache Wave. There is also an open source project called Walkaround that includes an experimental feature that lets you import all your Waves from Google. This feature will also work until the Wave service is turned off on April 30, 2012.

For more details, please see our help center.

Yours sincerely,

The Wave Team

© 2011 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043

You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google Wave account.

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This should make anyone wary of depending upon any “free” services. “Cloud” translates to “Could disapear at the providers’ whim”. Yeah, this could never happen to “GMail” or “Yahoo” or … or … — time to wake up folks. If you ain’t paying for it, you may not have it. And, even that’s no guarantee. ?????

And how or why would you try to copyright an email like this? A lawyer’s wet dream!

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