LTW and From Wire Reports

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Google is pulling the plug on "Wave."

Wave was unveiled last year with much hype and was supposed to revolutionize the way people communicated online by letting them exchange messages in real-time and collaboratively edit documents. It was regarded by some in the tech community as a mixture of email, mico-blogging, and instant messaging.

However, the confusing service was not drawing the amount of users the company had anticipated when it first launched.

"Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a stand-alone product," Google Senior Vice President of Operations Urs Hölzle said in a blog post on Google’s corporate site.

Hölzle said Google will extend Wave’s technology for use in other projects, adding that key elements of the software that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, will still be available to customers and partners that want to build upon the technology.

The online-search giant is working to create tools so users can easily "liberate" their content from Wave.

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