Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin claim they originally set out on a mission to organize and archive the worlds information, but even for Google this is a nearly insurmountable task. Ultimately it comes down to making choices, what’s important, and what’s not. You can read into this news as much as you like, but apparently Google has deemed newspapers are no longer important, and is shutting down the archiving project they began back in 2008.
Starting today they will no longer scan and save future editions, effectively ending a service that included over 2000 international publications, some of which went back almost 250 years. Reports show that the archive was largely unused, and ultimately newspapers going forward are archived in the modern day webpages that most people use today.
Oddly enough Google chose to end the service on the day the world was supposed to end. I won’t spoil the ending if you’re still holding out for the movie.