Google has just announcedthe closure of several well-known products, including Fast Flip, Sidewiki, Aardvark and Subscribed Links.
Some of these are part of the ongoing purge of Google Labs products, while others that are being shut down were not part of Labs. And Google has also announced that other Google Labs projects have “graduated” out of labs and survived the chopping block.
Confused? Here’s a recap of what’s coming and what’s going.
Google Fast Flip
Fast Flip launched in 2009 and offered a more visual, print-like way to view news on the web. The story goes that Google’s Larry Page wondered out loud why the web isn’t like a magazine — he wanted a way to browse it. Thus, Fast Flip was born.
In a letter to participating publishers, Google says Fast Flip will be removed from Google News and Labs “in the next few days.” Publishers will be contacted within the next month with confirmation of their final advertising revenue payment.