What company/product were you most sad/surprised when it shut down?

I'm curious what products/companies were out there that couldn't stay in business. If you know why they shut down, please let me know!
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    Sunrise

    Beautifully designed calendar app

    Thibaut Bayart
    Thibaut BayartChief Curiosity Officer · Written
    Because there is no such calendar app
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    Wunderlist

    Capture ideas, things to do and places to see

    Simple and good free features.
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    Really straightforward to do apps. No bluff, No fancy features, just perfect To Do apps
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    Good old todolist.
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    • Grigory Ptashko
      Grigory PtashkoHashnews, Developer

      If you're a minimalistic approach lover then you should definitely check Wunderlist. It's doesn't eat much resources if you keep it open all the time. Lists of tasks, starring tasks is the best simple and productive way of tasks' prioritization. It also has a great feature of adding a task or searching for a task without going to the main window. Just use a keyboard shortcut for this.

    • Alex Pasternak
      Alex PasternakLead Software Developer, Kronos

      I've tried this app many times, but really fail to see what people see in it. It fails my basic use cases of even a grocery list, where I need to complete an item, have it hidden, then uncomplete it when it's needed again, easily.

      But then again, Todoist also fails this. Perhaps these are great for one-time use and throw away items. I use AnyList, and would otherwise use Paperless on iOS (or now Ikiru) before either of those.

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    Mailbox 2.0

    Fly through your email

    Shiv
    ShivMake, break and ship. · Written
    Beautiful & clean. The swipe gestures were so good!
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    Nick Lekuona
    Nick LekuonaChief Reader at Nimbooks. · Written
    The app which set the bar at the time. Clean and minimal, was a joy to use. Most of its groundbreaking features are in use now by any modern email client app, but still none compares in "cleanliness"
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    The only email client that really seemed to separate the signal from the noise. It was also one of the first product launches I remember having a waiting list. Today it's common place, but it was somewhat paradigmatic at the time.
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  4. Twidi
    TwidiFreelancer, python/django/react · Written
    This caused the fabulous concept of feeds user can control/choose to be, very sadly, almost dead.
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    Ravi Mevcha
    Ravi MevchaProduct Manager and Startup Guy · Written
    Google Reader was the best product for my daily reading list, instead of visiting each website you get everything at one place. Feedly is good alternative, using it since Google Reader shutdown.
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    Usman
    UsmanFounder @savefromweb 🎯 · Written
    It was the only news aggregate app I used to read articles and it was really convenient.
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  5. Didn't make sense. It was massively popular.
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    Awesome concept, wildly creative contributors.
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  6. ... really didn't enjoy having to rebuild that entire backend from scratch, for BookupApp.com
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  7. Niklaus Gerber
    Niklaus GerberCrafting outstanding digital services · Written
    Crazy how it just went
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    Neil McBean
    Neil McBeanCEO, Designer, Product Lead · Written
    Rdio was the best. I was lost when they shut down. Still haven't found a replacement. Play Music is pretty good, but Rdio was fantastic.
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    I still miss it a lot. It had a wonderful UI.
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    Pebble Time

    New pebble smartwatch (prelaunch)

    Nick Lekuona
    Nick LekuonaChief Reader at Nimbooks. · Written
    Got three Pebbles myself and supported them on Kickstarter twice, once with the original, then again with the Time. Still think they are the people who got the smartwatch thing right; low power consumption, small apps which complemented the smartphone, thriving developer community, the works. Broke my heart when they were forced to sell; wearable development went back 5 years with their demise...
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    Hussain
    HussainAndroid Developer and Machine Learner · Written
    Loved the e-paper implementation in a watch.
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  9. Back when it launched, I used wave extensively, not just for communicating, but also as my note-taking app. It was as versatile as Evernote, slack etc.
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  10. Ben Clark
    Ben Clarkprofessional scratch dev · Written
    I really thought vid.me would take over Youtube. Whoops.
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  11. Tim Dineen
    Tim DineenCo-Founder, Recruitics · Written
    Pipes was an amazing and super extensible way to parse, filter and then merge multiples streams of data into one. It also had a pretty cool interface. Mostly for tech use, it was a UI to open platforms! RIP Yahoo Tech.
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  12. 5
    Bumpers

    Record and listen to conversations, rants, and audio shows

    So user friendly and just FUN.
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  13. 5
    old.thesixtyone

    The original and awesome music discovery platform

    Tynamite
    TynamiteWeb and app developer, Hostingz Accent · Written
    This was a really good music discovery website.
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    kifi

    bookmarks made social

    M2
    M2User Experience Designer · Written
    The best collaborative bookmarking tool! You could make collections, with searchable tags, that were either public or private. It was great for curating content from around the web that your whole team could work with. RIP Kifi. RIP Google Spaces.
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    Moak Designs
    Moak DesignsInternet Marketing Specialist · Written
    It was perfect for sharing within my team. Kinda found Toby as slight replacement but not as social as Kifi was.
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  15. This was the first and best organiser of my head and things. 4 years later I have still not found a product that organises things as nicely it did.
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  16. Jakub Rogalski
    Jakub Rogalski35Community Manager at Brand24 · Written
    This is not something I had been personally sad about but I remember so many people being sad about Topsy being shut down. I think the reason why it happened was that they were acquired by Apple, but I don't know what happened to them after that.
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    Readmill

    A beautiful e-book reader for iPhone, iPad and Android

    Nick Lekuona
    Nick LekuonaChief Reader at Nimbooks. · Written
    Really elegant reading app, showed a lot of promise. I was puzzled when Dropbox bought them and closed the project down; even tried to buy it so I could repurpose the app for my own project, but was advised by the ex-CEO to not bother as Dropbox wouldn't even want to discuss it...
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    This had it all; stunning, crisp UI design; so-easy-your-mom-could-use-it ebook syncing features combined with a user community that was engaging but wasn't forced on you if you didn't want. I was gutted when the team was absorbed by Dropbox and the product shut down 4 years ago. I still miss it.
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  18. It was fun listening tweets while working with my music in the background.
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    Push to Deploy

    Deploy your site with 🚨 Big Red Button

    Deniz Vatan
    Deniz VatanDeveloper, sailor, dart player, diver .. · Edited
    https://medium.com/@AndreyAzimov... He already wrote about it :)
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    Table8

    Last-minute reservations at popular restaurants (SF for now)

    Maaria Bajwa
    Maaria BajwaInvestor, Sound Ventures · Written
    Because now it takes me a month and a kidney to get a reservation at Bestia on a Friday night
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