RIP Google Video

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As of April 29th, Google is shutting down Google Video for good. Fortunately for them, the search giant already owns YouTube, which is the number one online video site, with 144.1 million unique viewers per month.

Google Video was born in 2005, but quickly became irrelevant to Google when they cleverly purchased YouTube in 2006. Google stopped allowing new uploads a couple of years ago and is now asking that users move their content over to YouTube.

"Later this month, hosted video content on Google Video will no longer be available for playback," read an email sent to Google Video users. "Google Video stopped taking uploads in May 2009 and now we're removing the remaining hosted content. We've always maintained that the strength of Google Video is its ability to let people search videos from across the Web, regardless of where those videos are hosted. And this move will enable us to focus on developing these technologies further to the benefit of searchers worldwide."

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