"I recall, a few years ago, they closed Google Health, which was the Google search of the health care industry. Sounded great, but didn't grow so it was gone," said Kagan. "Now a few years later, Google is into so many different businesses, they need to pull the camera back, take a hard look at everything, and do their regular spring cleaning.... So we can expect to see more of this over time."
He also said he doesn't see these changes as a sign that Google senses trouble ahead. Instead, the company is simply repositioning itself.
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