Silicon Valley Today 5/17

Silicon Valley Today 5/17

Google retires photo service Picasa: 17 failed Google projects, services and products: Google’s biggest failures

Here’s what Google has killed since 2014

Updated 15th February 2016: According to reports Google has retired its photo service Picasa to focus on new photo sharing service, Google Photos. Read on to find out more.

Like Facebook, Microsoft and Apple, Google has made room for new projects by ditching others. We explore Google’s biggest failures including Google Glass, Google Waves and Picasa.

Here’s a look at what Google has waved goodbye to so far…

5. Failed Google projects: Engineering office in Russia

Google revealed it was closing its engineering office in Russia at the end of last year (2014). It came as restrictions on internet freedoms increased, such as a law, which comes into effect this year, that requires foreign companies to store Russian users’ personal data on Russia-based servers.

There will still be support and marketing staff in the country.

Google is closing its engineering office in Russia, but says other employees will remain.

Please check out related topics:

There’s a Crisis Happening in the Russian Tech Industry, December 04, 2014
Google gives a big ‘nyet’ to Russian engineering operations, December 11, 2014
Google to Shut Engineering Office in Russia, December 11, 2014