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Google to discontinue Meebo services

Days after the acquisition of social messaging and advertising company Meebo, Google has announced it is shutting down most of Meebo's services.

Meebo Messenger, Sharing on Meebo, Meebo Me and the company's mobile apps will only be available until 11 July, at which time users will no longer be able to access their accounts. Chat logs and sharing history will be downloadable until that date, a blog post on Meebo's site has promised.

The Meebo Bar, a sharing toolbar that has an ad-integrating feature, will continue to run. "The Meebo Bar will continue to be available to site publishers and will see continued improvements and new features in the weeks and months ahead," the company wrote.

As reported following the acquisition, Meebo will become a part of Google's fledgling Google+ social network.

"We are always looking for better ways to help users share content and connect with others across the web, just as they do in real life. With the Meebo team's expertise in social publisher tools, we believe they will be a great fit with the Google+ team," the company said of the takeover.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but some estimates valued the social messaging service at a cool $100 million (£64 million).