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Google Shuts Down Health, Energy Services

Google Inc. on Friday announced discontinuation of two of its very ambitious projects that could find a foot hold in market share.

The Internet Search giant has announced shut down of Google Health and Google Power Meter, as both the products proved unpopular ever since their launch in 2008 and 2009 respectively, reports tech website CNET (opens in new tab).

"Both were based on the idea that with more and better information, people can make smarter choices, whether in regard to managing personal health and wellness, or saving money and conserving energy at home”, Aaron Brown the senior product manager at Google Health in an official blog post (opens in new tab).

According to the blog post, Google Health will retire on January 1 next year however users will be able to download their data in order to transfer their files to some other host until same day next year.

Also Google’s Power Meter which was launched to enable users keep a track of Internet-based use of energy at homes, will be completely shut down on September 16, 2011.

Google has stated that while the services have not reached the position, company had expected them to, yet they managed to mark the importance of technology to store and access data in sectors such as health and energy conservation.

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