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Google Shuts Labs

The move will deprive people of being able to play with very early prototype products

Google said on a blog Wednesday that it's putting "more wood behind fewer arrows" and winding down Google Labs, which gave birth to Google Alerts, Google Maps and Google SMS.

The move will deprive people of being able to play with very early prototype products although Google reassured folks that it has no plans "to change in-product experimentation channels like Gmail Labs or Maps Labs. We'll continue to experiment with new features in each of our products."

Google CEO Larry Page said last week during the company's Q2 conference call that the company is prioritizing its product efforts and focusing its resources on fewer products to make the greatest return on investment lest shareholders think of Google as being flighty and irresponsible with their money.

It appears Google may "incorporate Labs products and technologies into different product areas" and continue some as apps in the Android Market while ending other Labs experiments.

It recently killed Google Health and Google PowerMeter.

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