Google closes down 10 business areas in which the company itself calls “autumn-cleaning.”
The cleanup is part of the focus that Google founder Larry Page has been working on since spring, since he took the role as CEO of the company.
He has worked diligently to pull Google out of smaller markets and focuses now only on the major business areas.
Closes a stripe projects
The current cleanup means, among other things, that Google closes the Aardvark project, based on social search service, which Google bought last year and the Google Web Security project, which has been part of the acquisition of Postini in 2007.
Google also closes the e-reader project Fast Flip, toolbox, Google Pack, picture project Google Image Labeler, Sidewiki, Subscribed Links and Google Notebook.
Also Google Maps API for Flash should be turned off. This project was originally launched to provide developers of ActionScript a way to integrate Google Maps into their applications.
Google Labs closes
Google has previously said it would shut down Google Health, Photo Vine and Google PowerMeter Services.
“The clean-up will make things simpler for our users and thereby improve the overall experience of Google. We will also be able to dedicate more resources to ‘high impact’ products,” says the company.