Most these things can go and no one will care.
But Google Labs? This is really weird: since the early days of G, I always associated G with research and innovation because of the Google Labs! It gave the company this kind of cool academic image, where you can explore ideas and yet be in industry.
And wasn't Google Labs used to test new apps, see if they catch on? Wasn't Gmail started there and then "graduated".
I mean, it seems to me that this G Labs initiative was hands in hands with the mythical 10% (or was it) of time that G employees are given for "pet projects".
I work in a big corporation and I know 1st hand that when you start killing innovation and black-box playgrounds to explore new ideas, then employee morale goes down.
True, I never visited or used the products from G Labs. But it was the idea of the Labs I liked.
Like the mythical ATT Labs back in the day.
Man, this is weird/stupid.