Alexa the web search company from Amazon is shutting down its operations. The service is already closed to new customers, and existing users have until January 26, 2009 to move on to something else.
In an email to the developers it says the reason behind closing the Alexa web search is due to its low search. On the Alexa Web Search site itself Amazon mentioned that the service has been "deprecated", which is a fancy word for shut down.
Dear Alexa Developer,
The Alexa Web Search service will no longer be available to new customers as of November 26, 2008. Use of the service is low, so we are shifting our priorities to other areas where we can provide better service to AWS customers.
The Alexa Web Search service will continue to be operational for 60 days until January 26, 2009. The ProgrammableWeb website offers a list of web services that provide web search.
We apologize for the inconvenience to you.
The Alexa Web Services Team