Google Mini, Symbian Search app among casualties
Google is shutting down Google Video, iGoogle, and a number of other less-popular services as the company undergoes a period of "spring cleaning." The product discontinuations are part of a process that has seen the search giant shuttering or combining more than 30 services since last fall. In a post on the Official Google Blog, the company detailed the shutdown reasoning and schedule for five products.
Google prunes Buzz and several services
Google's product VP Brad Horowitz told users Friday that several services were being culled in the near future. The company would first shed Google Buzz, its troubled social sharing service. Its programming interface should shut down in "a few weeks" and will limit users to reading and downloading whatever they made beforehand.
iGoogle iPhone format gone
Google has done away with the special iPhone formatting once available for its iGoogle frontpage, accounts say. Visitors to the site were previously able to view a version specially tailored for the iPhone's Safari browser, with sections that could be inflated or collapsed to display web gadgets. In place of this, testing reveals, iPhone owners are now being redirected to the generic mobile site for iGoogle.