Google Puts the Hammer Down on Three More ServicesS

Good news everyone! Google announced today that three of its web services will be getting the axe by mid-year.

Picnik, a photo-editing company that Google acquired in 2010 with hopes of integrating into Picasa will be shuttered by April 19th, "so the Picnik team can continue creating photo-editing magic across Google products," said Dave Girouard, vice president of product management, in a blog post. Google Message Continuity, a service that backed up emails from clients' exchange servers will soon be shown the door, despite interest by "hundreds" of businesses; pushed out in favor of adding its functionality to the Google Apps suite. Needlebase, the data management platform you've never heard of, will also be killed off by June 1st.

In addition, Google announced that its Sky Map Android app will go open-source by mid-year, thanks to a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. [Google Blog - PC World - Image: The AP]