Google announced more "spring cleaning" where they are killing off more of the products.
Most of you know they killed off Google Search Timeline a couple weeks ago, but now they told the world.
We're removing this graph of historical results for a query. Users will be able to restrict any search to particular time periods using the refinement tools on the left-hand side of the search page. Additionally, users who wish to see graphs with historical trends for a web search can use google.com/trends or google.com/insights/search/ for data since 2004. For more historical data, the "ngram viewer" in Google Books offers similar information.
Others going away include:
- Google Bookmarks Lists
- Google Friend Connect
- Google Gears
- Google Wave
- Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal (RE
For more details see the Google blog for dates and such.
A Hacker News thread has a Google responding to some criticism about this:
The false assumption here is that Google is only a software company. Any company with lots of machines is at least in part a power management / hardware company, and in the field of datacenters, Google is likely the best in the world. They put a lot of engineering into getting heat from point A to point B.
Forum discussion at Hacker News.