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Google To Shutter Knol, Wave, Gears 218

Posted by Soulskill
from the if-you-don't-know-what-knol-is-look-it-up-on-wikipedia dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Google announced today on its official blog the impending closure of a number of its less successful services. In addition to retiring minor features like Bookmarks List and Friend Connect, Google has outlined a plan to close down Wave. The experimental communication medium will go read-only on January 31, and on April 30 they will shut it down completely. Also on April 30, Google will be changing Knol so that individual knols are not viewable, though users will still be able to download and export them until October 1, at which point they'll disappear entirely. Google Gears is also getting the axe, as is Search Timeline and the Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal initiative."
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Google To Shutter Knol, Wave, Gears

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 22, 2011 @09:23PM (#38143680)

    Wait a minute. I'm a manager, and I've been reading a lot of case studies and watching a lot of webcasts about The Cloud. Based on all of this glorious marketing literature, I, as a manager, have absolutely no reason to doubt the safety of any data put in The Cloud.

    The case studies all use words like "secure", "MD5", "RSS feeds" and "encryption" to describe the security of The Cloud. I don't know about you, but that sounds damn secure to me! Some Clouds even use SSL and HTTP. That's rock solid in my book.

    And don't forget that you have to use Web Services to access The Cloud. Nothing is more secure than SOA and Web Services, with the exception of perhaps SaaS. But I think that Cloud Services 2.0 will combine the tiers into an MVC-compliant stack that uses SaaS to increase the security and partitioning of the data.

    My main concern isn't with the security of The Cloud, but rather with getting my Indian team to learn all about it so we can deploy some first-generation The Cloud applications and Web Services to provide the ultimate platform upon which we can layer our business intelligence and reporting, because there are still a few verticals that we need to leverage before we can move to The Cloud 2.0.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 22, 2011 @09:26PM (#38143710)

    However you will still be able to see ads for words you're searching for.

  • Prognosis? (Score:5, Funny)

    by syousef (465911) on Tuesday November 22, 2011 @09:49PM (#38143908) Journal

    Google Health too.

    So you're saying the prognosis for Google Health is not good?

  • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Tuesday November 22, 2011 @09:59PM (#38143976)

    Wait a minute. I'm a manager, and I've been reading a lot of case studies and watching a lot of webcasts about The Cloud. Based on all of this glorious marketing literature, I, as a manager, have absolutely no reason to doubt the safety of any data put in The Cloud.

    The case studies all use words like "secure", "MD5", "RSS feeds" and "encryption" to describe the security of The Cloud. I don't know about you, but that sounds damn secure to me! Some Clouds even use SSL and HTTP. That's rock solid in my book.

    But be careful - for it to all work, you have to remember to take ownership and set up an action plan that shifts some paradigms and enables group synergies - a lot of managers forget that part.

  • by wisnoskij (1206448) on Tuesday November 22, 2011 @10:22PM (#38144130) Homepage

    How did it not make sense?
    Fill text boxes with text, that is about it.

  • by Azure Flash (2440904) on Tuesday November 22, 2011 @10:31PM (#38144174)
    Don't you mean condensating? Clouds are already gaseous.

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