On Dec 4 2009, Google bought Appjet inc, the company behind etherpad.com, a site that had actually managed to implement bug-free real-time collaborative writing.
The immediate action from Google was to cancel the service, thus blocking access to ongoing pads, and “integrate” the staff in the Google Wave project. This was nothing short of buying and killing competition.
After heavy protests about the shutdown of etherpad.com from it’s small but dedicated user community, they changed their strategy and released the source code.
The etherpads are not only resilient now, but extra features are being added to pads all over the world. F.A.T.pad is probably the only one featuring motivational teen-rnb from Sweden to get your creative juices flowing.
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