Google Inc has begun to tighten its belt and one of the products whose future is uncertain is Google Notebook, a site for storing and taking notes on web pages, reports the Wall Street Journal. Too bad if the plug is pulled on Google Notebook. It is useful. There are substitutes, but Google is Google. Its huge network of servers makes using its online applications a snap.
Google has shelved plans for a new data centre to house its computer servers too, says the Journal: the facility planned in Oklahoma has been mothballed.
With the US economy in a recession, Google is cutting back spending, says the report. It adds:
“Still, with $14 billion in cash and roughly 30 percent of the U.S. online-ad market, Google is in a much better position than its competitors to withstand this downturn, Wall Street analysts say.”
Where will we be without Google?