engine - 8:38 pm on Oct 2, 2012 (gmt 0)
Google storage in Picasa and Drive will be consolidated over the next few months,... Spreadsheet Gadgets were designed to allow people to add customized features to Google Spreadsheets. But most popular gadgets have now been added directly into charts in spreadsheets. So we will slowly start turning off Gadgets in Spreadsheets next year.
Starting on October 15, we'll stop issuing and displaying Google News Badges, as well as showing Recommended Sections.
We've merged Insights for Search into a revamped Google Trends.
Places Directory was an Android app that helped people find nearby places of interest. We've removed the app from Google Play and are taking down the Places Directory site because users can find everything in Google Maps for Mobile, which offers a much better user experience.
Given that webmasters now use Social Reports in Google Analytics to get a wider view of social activity (including +1’s), we'll be discontinuing the stand-alone +1 Reports on November 14.
Google spring cleaning [googleblog.blogspot.co.uk]