A fall spring clean, September 2011
In February 2010, Google bought social networking site Aardvark for $50 million, and canned it 19 months later. Users submitted questions to Aardvark via the Web, IM, or email. Aardvark hooked the requests up with friends-of-friends who might have the answer.
The seven-year-old Google Desktop Search bit the dust. Once the envy of XP-era desktop search, Google’s product worked on Windows, OS X, and Linux.
Fast Flip, a precursor to flippable news magazines like Flipboard (which appeared on iOS in late 2010), bit the dust after two years. Google Pack, which bundled apps like Desktop, Picasa, Google Earth, Chrome, and the toolbar for IE, got unglued. Google also axed Maps APIs for Flash, Web Security, Notebook