Google shut down the Internet news website payment platform One Pass, as it continues to do house cleaning that was launched last year by Larry Page the company co-founder, when he took charge. Since that time, Google has been attempting to consolidate and close certain projects.
One Pass has failed to become popular since it was first launched in early 2011. One Pass allowed publishers to set prices for articles published online, with Google receiving a 10% cut of the sales. That is opposed to the 30% Apple, the iPad and iPhone makers, gets from transactions that are similar.
Users of One Pass and all of the One Pass features were being shifted over to the Google Consumer Surveys section. Page has made it his priority to eliminate a number of products that have not performed well so that resources can be focused on other offerings that are more positive.
Other house cleaning by Google included moving a service online that provides maps for finding where free flu vaccination are available to HealthMap Flu Vaccine Finder. Also eliminated was Google Sync, used for Blackberry smartphones.
A homepage for Patent Search that was devoted to registering intellectual property with regulators in the United States has been re-directed to the company’s main search engine. The company said patents from other countries would be included soon on the site and additional features to the Patent Search would be coming in the future through google.com.