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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Google announces shutting down Wave, Knol and five other initiatives

Google has released its latest list of products being shut down as part of its drive by its CEO Larry Page to focus more on its promising projects.
"We're in the process of shutting a number of products which haven't had the impact we'd hoped for, integrating others as features into our broader product efforts, and ending several which have shown us a different path forward," Google operations senior vice president Urs Holzle says in a blog post.
Google's "Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal" campaign launched to bring down the cost of generating solar power is one of the seven names listed in the Google undertakings being tossed out. “We've published our results to help others in the field continue to advance the state of power tower technology, and we've closed our efforts," Holzle says of the renewable energey initiative. "At this point, other institutions are better positioned than Google to take this research to the next level," he adds.
Here's a full list of products are being shut down by Google:
Google Bookmark List: Started as an experimental feature, the Bookmark List feature allows users to share bookmarks and subsequent collaboration with friends. The feature is slated to be shut down on December 19, 2011.
Google Friend Connect: It enables webmasters to add social features to their sites by including a few snippets of code. The service is slated is going down on March 1, 2012. Google further invites the affected sites to switch to Google+.
Google Gears: The service, scheduled to go inactive on December 1, will stop providing offline access to Gmail and Google Calendar. Google is prepping an improved HTML 5-based version of the service to give offline support to its apps.
Google Search Timeline: You can still see the historical results for a search query with the navigation tools on the left side of the search page, but the relevant graph will now not appear.
Google Wave: Google had already announced stopping development of its Google Wave. From January 31, 2012, Wave will be only read-only and users will not be allowed to create new ones.
Knol: Google aimed to compete with Wikipedia by building a large network experts and create a large database of verified information. From May 1 through October 1, 2012, Knols will no longer be viewable
Google has been shutting down what it calls its non-promising products since co-founder Larry Page took over as chief executive of the company. The Internet company last month announced shutting down online news reader Fast Flip, social search service Aardvark, commenting tool Sidewiki and several other products.


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