Google Translate is a free statistical machine translation service provided by Google Inc. to translate a section of text, document or webpage, into another language. The service was introduced in April 28, 2006, for the Arabic language. Prior to October 2007, for languages other than Arabic, Chinese and Russian, Google used a SYSTRAN based translator which is used by other translation services such as Babel Fish, AOL, and Yahoo. On May 26, 2011, Google announced that the Google Translate API had been deprecated and that it would cease functioning on December 1, 2011, "due to the substantial economic burden caused by extensive abuse." The shutting down of the API, which is used by a number of websites, has led to criticism of Google and developers questioning the viability of using Google APIs in their products. On June 3, 2011, Google announced that they were canceling its plan to terminate the Translate API due to public pressure.
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