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Apr 4, 2017
This article is part of a series called Editor's Pick.

UPDATE: After a brief shutdown, as highlighted in this story, Nymeria is currently back in business.

The service that touted itself as the “best email finder for LinkedIn and GitHub” is no more. In light of a cease and desist letter from LinkedIn, Nymeria, probably best known for its Chrome extension, used by thousands and rated a 4.7 out of five stars, has shuttered the service effective immediately.

The order from LinkedIn claims Nymeria were violating LinkedIn’s terms of service. Nymeria was told by LinkedIn that if they did not cease their activity further legal action would be taken.

“Although we believe we are within our right, we are a small team and not able to settle this dispute in court,” said Corey, the apps creator, in an email. “We’ve tried to find another solution to this problem, but it appears there’s only one viable solution. Nymeria will shut down for the foreseeable future.”

The app is no longer accepting sign-ups, and all free accounts have been locked out. The service is no longer available on the Chrome Web Store. If users uninstall the current extension, they will not be unable to install it again.

Any current subscriptions will be allowed to access the service through to the end of the user’s paid period. However, once a paid period is over, users will not be charged, and they will no longer be able to access the solution.

“We’ve had a lot of fun building Nymeria and creating a tool used and loved by so many people,” Corey added. “We’re sorry it has to end this way. We hope you all understand.”

LinkedIn can’t be happy about the variety of services like Nymeria that are popping up to extract user data, especially email addresses. It’s likely this was not the only cease and desist letter that has gone out recently or will go out. Similar services should take note. This could be an ongoing trend as more of these extensions continue to launch. On January 31, Brilent closed the chapter on their popular chrome extension

This article is part of a series called Editor's Pick.
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