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See? Google Won’t Spend Money On Everything.

Google has access to nearly limitless cash and resources. But not totally limitless: Occasionally the search giant decides to stop putting time and money into a project that once seemed promising.

Case in point: Google is killing off Google PowerMeter and Google Health, two services designed to let consumers track their power consumption and, um, health.

In a blog post announcing the moves, Google executives describe the services as “two products that didn’t catch on the way we would have hoped, but did serve as influential models.” Google Health launched into public beta in 2008, Google PowerMeter started in the fall of 2009.

Google went through a public pruning at the end of 2008 and beginning of 2009, and even laid a few dozen people off. But that was in the shadow of the post-Lehman economic meltdown.

Google business is back into go-go growth mode since then, so it’s hard to read much into this other than that these two must have really had very little traction indeed.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik