16/01/2009

Google cuts services and fires 100

Google has culled some services it doesn't feel are core to it's operation these include Dodgeball (the mobile social media company), Jaiku (though it will remain in service and ported over to Google's app engine and then released under an Apache open source license), Google Notebook wont be accepting new users, Google Catalog search and Mashup Editor are being closed and Google Video wont accept any new content (push to YouTube).

100 staff are also being got rid of (mainly in recruitment).

It's surprising Google os closing Dodgeball which it acquired in 2005, it had the promise of competing with social media sites like Facebook, but was never developed and the directors left a while ago stating they didn't like the direction Google was taking it. That direction seems to be nowhere.

Google is concentrating on it's search and mobile applications.
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