June 30th, 2011

2009

Google acquires and kills products

About couple of years ago Google bought Gizmo5 - service that among other things allowed to integrate Google Voice with Skype.
Immediately after acquisition Gizmo5 discontinued new account registrations.
Then in April 2011 they killed the project:
http://www.google.com/gizmo5/

Today I found out that in May 2011 Google purchased another useful service: Sparkbuy (laptops shopping & comparison web site).
http://www.sparkbuy.com/
"We are pleased as punch to announce that Sparkbuy has been acquired by Google.
.....
And while we won't be offering services at sparkbuy.com any more, stay tuned for truckloads of new awesome from our team at Google."
:-(

Again, Google killed the service.

Yet another disappointment.