Renewing old resolutions for the new year, January 2012
In March 2010, Google bought Picnik -- best known as the default photo editor inside Flickr -- for between $40 and $80 million. In January 2012, Google announced that it was shutting Picnik down, moving the photo editing team to work on Picasa and Google+.
In October 2011, Google spent $700 million for Needlebase, a highly regarded program that scrapes data off Web databases (it was the engine behind Orbitz). In January 2012, Google announced it was killing Needlebase on June 1, absorbing the technology into other Google products.
That same month, Google killed Sky Map, an Android skyviewing app taken in by Carnegie Mellon; Google Message Continuity enterprise email disaster recovery; and the client side of Urchin, having provided the guts for Google Analytics.