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Here’s the latest update on what’s happening:
Code Search, which was designed to help people search for open source code all over the web, will be shut down along with the Code Search API on January 15, 2012.
In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. While people obviously won't be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.
Jaiku, a product we acquired in 2007 that let users send updates to friends, will shut down on January 15, 2012. We’ll be working to enable users to export their data from Jaiku.
Several years ago, we gave people the ability to interact socially on iGoogle. With our new focus on Google+, we will remove iGoogle's social features on January 15, 2012. iGoogle itself, and non-social iGoogle applications, will stay as they are.
The University Research Program for Google Search, which provides API access to our search results for a small number of approved academic researchers, will close on January 15, 2012.
In addition, later today the Google Labs site will shut down, and as previously announced, Boutiques.com and the former Like.com websites will be replaced by Google Product Search.
"clear the decks and concentrate on doing less things better, not more things badly"
Why would they shutdown Google Labs? And Code search?
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.
I can't think of a successful product that came out of Google other than search.
Try again. Search for each and tell us their history.
What other company would have had the audacity to photograph every single street in North America.
Probably before..look up "Francis Frith" photographer..he began photographic "tours" in 1859..I had a B and M in which ( amongst a lot of art books and other stuff, souvenirs and the like ) I used to sell postcards and large prints of his photos of "places" in the UK..he photographed almost every village and town, street scenes, houses, businesses, landmarks, whatever..
The only thing that Google did that counts as innovation is make its pictures available to the public. The companies that did it before Google sold the pictures to local governments, and the real estate and insurance industries.