In Pictures: Google Grim Reaper. The latest killed projects

The grimmest project, app, and API garrotes from Google’s past eight reapings

More wood, and an arrow in Google Labs’ back, July 2011 Before “spring cleaning” became an enduring Google meme 18 months ago, Google signaled the start of its serious pruning effort by cancelling Google Labs, in a July 2011 blog entitled “More wood behind fewer arrows.” Before you shed a belated tear for the group that brought us, among many others, Gmail and many of its features, Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Body, and Google Goggles, consider the not-so-surprising fact that many of the old Google Labs projects live on. They’ve just been moved to different divisions, presumably transforming them from cost centers to parts of operational divisions. The old logo’s gone, but the rest lives on. NetworkWorld has a list, compiled in October 2011.

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