I read last week that Google is dropping a number of projects and services. The main idea was that they need to focus some of their employee's "20% time" projects a little better to give their company a tune-up.
I wish I could find the article - unfortunately not so far.
This may not be the article you read, Ted, but is along similar lines:
"What typically happens is it is just a load of engineers producing a load of things and then refining until it finds an audience," Smith says. "What they have never really done is to look at audiences and understand audiences and say 'perhaps there is a need over here -- let's meet that need'.