By David Goldman:
Google Labs for some time now has been an interesting place to see what type of side projects Googlers were up to. But in an effort to focus more on delivering finished made products, Google announced earlier this week that they’re shutting down Google Labs.
In many cases, this will mean ending Labs experiments—in others we’ll incorporate Labs products and technologies into different product areas. And many of the Labs products that are Android apps today will continue to be available on Android Market. We’ll update you on our progress via the Google Labs website.
We’ll continue to push speed and innovation—the driving forces behind Google Labs—across all our products, as the early launch of the Google+ field trial last month showed.
So does this spell the end for Google’s famed 20% time, whereby employees could devote 20% of the work week to any type of project they wanted?
So the results of this special time to work will now be seen where? Is Google becoming a mainstream company?
Some people think Google is in for some big changes.
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