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Google Flushes Picnik, GMS and More

Google has decided to close down few more services, such as Google Message Continuity (GMS) email disaster recovery product as well as open source Google Sky Map.

On Friday, Google's vice president of product management, Dave Girouard, stated in a blog post that there is a "need to focus on building amazing products that millions of people love to use every day," and that, "means taking a hard look at products that replicate other features, haven't achieved the promise we had hoped for or can't be properly integrated into the overall Google experience."

Some other products that Google will be abandoning this year are Needlebase data management platform that might integrated into another platform; the Social Graph API because according to Girouard, it "isn't experiencing the kind of adoption we'd like"; the Picnik online photo editor, its paid members will be refunded and also Urchin online web analytics platform.

Besides closing down these services, some services that are old but underutilised will be merged with others to increase their prospects. However, the services and products that will be merged have not been disclosed by the company.