Just when you thought it was safe to start trusting people again, Color's gone and officially announced that their photo-sharing app will be shuttered after December 31st, 2012. This is just the latest development in a series of odd twists and turns for the beleaguered startup. In October, rumors began circulating that the startup would be winding down, and then even more rumors emerged that Apple would be acquiring some or all of the company. At the time, Color said that they totally weren't shutting down. Looks like a lot can change in just over a month.
Calling it a "fall spring-cleaning," Google said yesterday on their blog that the search giant would be shutting down several Google Labs projects and merging others with existing products. This comes not long after the announcement that Google Sets list-guessing application would be shutting down. For the most part, Google is characterizing most of the shut downs as products who have become obsolete. Google Desktop, for instance, just doesn't seem to fit as the almighty cloud becomes a larger and larger part of computing. Google Notebooks, another example of a product being shut down, ceased development years ago but can be seen as precursor to Evernote. Google says that these shut downs will help streamline their list of products -- which is rather vast and fractured -- and help give more resources to more important projects. In all, Google lists 10 projects that will be terminated. While its good to see Google not letting these projects simply languish, it's hard not to wonder if perhaps the entrepreneurial spirit that allowed the creation of so many projects (and albeit some dead-ends) will no longer be a major focus at Google. We can only speculate on that point, so in the meantime read on below for a full list of the cut programs and see if any of your favorites were spared.