Google Labs, Health, Video
And you thought Google only brought things to life non-stop? Nope, this year Google has axed plenty of things too, reflecting a refined focus by new CEO Larry Page. The company surprised the industry in July by announcing it would close down Google Labs, an energetic incubator of new tools made available for users to test out with the caveat that they might not work or last. Offerings such as Google Reader and Google Maps emerged from the Labs. Google also pared Google Health from its portfolio in June, and killed off Google Video during the spring. After Google bought YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion it was only a matter of time until the company erased Google Video, a video sharing service launched at the start of 2005. Google did say its Google Video technology would live on as a video search offering that would fetch more than just YouTube creations.