Choosing the wee hours of a national holiday to tweet out the news, Google today announced that they're disabling their Realtime service after less than two years since it launched. Never fear, though - they're looking into adding the functionality to Google+. Better hop to finding someone to invite you to the service, then. [@GoogleRealtime via @DarrenWaters]
Google Abandons Realtime Service But May Wrapp It Into Google+
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