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Google to Shut Down Newly-Acquired Bump, Flock on Jan. 31

GoogleIn September, Google acquired the mobile contact and file-sharing service Bump, but said that there weren’t any plans to shutter the company. Well now three months later, things have changed. In a blog post, company CEO and co-founder David Lieb announced that Bump and its second product Flock will be shutting down on January 31, 2014. The reason for this decision: Lieb and his team are now “deeply focused” on new projects within Google and don’t have the resources or time to devote to innovating on either product. The company is pulling its apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play on January 31. After this, neither app will work and all data will be deleted. If you’re still a user of any of the services, you can export your data by accessing either of the apps and following the appropriate instructions.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.