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Google Labs, Boutiques.com, Like.com R.I.P.; Sunsetting Buzz, iGoogle Social, Code Search and More!

Google just posted on its offical blog, a list of the fall sweep. “We aspire to build great products that really change people’s lives, products they use two or three times a day. To succeed you need real focus and thought–thought about what you work on and, just as important, what you don’t work on. It’s why we recently decided to shut down some products, and turn others into features of existing products,” said Bradley Horowitz, Vice President, Product.

In addition, to the list below, later today the Google Labs site will shut down, as per July 20 announcement, and also as previously announced, “Boutiques.com and the former Like.com websites will be replaced by Google Product Search,” added Horowitz.

Google Labs R.I.P.

Here’s a list of the latest R.I.P.’s:

  • Code Search, which was designed to help people search for open source code all over the web, will be shut down along with the Code Search API on January 15, 2012.

    google code search

  • In a few weeks, Google Buzz and the Buzz API, will be shutting down and the focus will be instead on Google+. While people obviously won’t be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.

    google buzz r.i.p.

  • Jaiku, a product that Google acquired on October 9, 2007, that let users send updates to friends, will shut down on January 15, 2012. We’ll be working to enable users to export their data from Jaiku.


  • iGoogle will be removed on January 15, 2012. iGoogle itself, and non-social iGoogle applications, will stay as they are. And, the new focus will be on Google+.
  • The University Research Program for Google Search, which provides API access to our search results for a small number of approved academic researchers, will close on January 15, 2012,” said Horowitz.

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