Google Quits Digitising Old Newspapers

Google decided to close the doors on Google News Archives yesterday, announcing that they will no longer digitise back issues of newspapers. That means that Google won’t be accepting any news about the Rapture today even for posterity’s sake.

Google started the project back in 2008 and managed to archive 2000 international publications, going as far back as 250 years. That’s a ton of news for anyone to sift through, so one wonders if the service falling into disuse is a reason for its being effectively shut down. Users will still be able to look through the archive, though. Just don’t expect any added functionality, like, ever. [MSNBC via Engadget]