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Google ends Wave, Buzz, Knol, Health and Google Desktop

Google ends Wave, Buzz, Knol, Health and Google Desktop

Most of us in the U.S. are preparing for Thanksgiving, but it looks like Google is getting a head start on its New Years resolutions. As part of an effort to slim down the company's multiple projects and put more focus on important sectors, it's ending service for a handful of once-vibrant projects. Among the biggest are Google's ambitious but under-used collaboration tool, Wave, Twitter competitor Google Buzz, Wikipedia-like aggregate Knol, medical records engine Google Health, and PC file-searching tool Google Desktop.

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Google Shared Spaces Sneaks Out, Showcases Wave Technology

Google Shared Spaces Sneaks Out, Showcases Wave Technology

While announcing a product with a huge event is one way to go about things, sometimes you just want to release something in a small fashion. Quietly. That's exactly what Google Labs has done with Google Shared Spaces. It's open right now in a very non-public fashion, and it's meant to showcase the technology that powered Wave, but in a far more creative way.

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Apache Wave reboots Google’s collaborative tool in open-source Incubator

Apache Wave reboots Google’s collaborative tool in open-source Incubator

It really is turning into a Google week, what with the Nexus S, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Google Maps for Mobile 5.0, a Honeycomb Motorola tablet and the promise of Chrome OS news today, but there's also confirmation that the Apache Wave project will indeed be going ahead. Submitted for potential open-source inclusion in late November, Google's ill-fated Wave has been accepted and there's work already underway to bring the new project - and Wave in a Box - up to speed.

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Google Wave open-source reprieve possible if Apache agree

Google Wave open-source reprieve possible if Apache agree

Google may have given Wave its marching orders, reassigned its team members and lost the chief architect behind the short lived group-working system, but that doesn't mean Wave is dead. A new Apache Incubator proposal would see an open-source version of the technology - hosted not by Google but by individual "Wave in a Box" (WIAB) projects - called Apache Wave live on.

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Google Wave & Maps lead leaves for Facebook

Google Wave & Maps lead leaves for Facebook

The engineer behind Google Wave and co-founder of the project that later became Google Maps has left the search giant and thrown in with Facebook instead.  Lars Rasmussen confirmed this weekend that he had decided to leave Google, less than two months after the Wave project was axed.  He told SMH that "it feels to me that Facebook may be a sort of once-in-a-decade type of company" and suggested that Wave's demise was because "it takes a while for something new and different to find its footing and I think Google was just not patient."

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Google Wave no Longer in Development as a Standalone Project

Google Wave no Longer in Development as a Standalone Project

Last year, Google pulled the curtain off one of their most widespread projects to date: Wave. It was a means to allow users, people, a way to instantly communicate with not just one person, but a multitude of them, in real-time. And that was just the beginning. In classic Google fashion, they continued to add features to their new beta baby, giving it more reason to exist within its market. But, all good things must come to an end, and Google today has announced that they have stopped development of Google Wave as a standalone project.

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Google Wave available for all

Google Wave available for all

SlashGear is at Google I/O 2010 this week, and the search company has started the event by throwing open the doors to Google Wave.  Previously in an invite-only beta, Google Wave is now open to anybody who wants to sign up; meanwhile there's also integration of Wave with enterprise Google Apps accounts.

Video demo after the cut

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Google Wave demo for iPhone and Android

Google Wave demo for iPhone and Android

Vincent is covering the Google I/O developers conference right now. Google just dropped its newest service: Google Wave. This service offers combined communication through an email and Instant Messaging type service, where it offers real time communication and easy messaging capabilities, and oh so much more. Better yet, they're launching iPhone and Android applications for it.

Video after the jump

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Google I/O Day 2: Google Wave [Updated x2]

Google I/O Day 2: Google Wave [Updated x2]

Vincent is once again at the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco, and right now, he's sitting through a keynote on the new service from Google called "Google Wave." Google Wave is referred to as Hosted Conversation. It's a new tool for communication and collaboration Basically, what Wave will offer is a place to host all of your communication mediums and archive them all. Wave combines your email and instant messaging into one aggregate service.

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