Google is going to turn off Google Wave. From a Business Insider post:
Google just announced that it is going to kill its super-futuristic messaging service, Google Wave, because no one wanted to use it.
Similarly, earlier this summer, Google announced that it was killing its Nexus One mobile phone store, because no one wanted to buy phones from it.
Sure, these are failed products, which isn't great. It's money, time, and talent wasted. And it creates bad press.
But give Google credit for quickly and soundly getting rid of them when it's clear they don't work.
I don't think it's fair to evaluate all our projects (software or otherwise) in this vein, but it does shed some light on a cut-throat culture that is more indigenous to business than academia... So, what are you ready to put on the chopping block?