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Google closes Health and PowerMeter services

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Two Google services are to be closed after failing to pick up enough users in the healthcare and energy usage markets. Google is to close two services that it had hoped would make a serious impact on healthcare and people’s power usage. The Google Health and Google PowerMeter services were launched in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The Health project aimed to give users more access to data about themselves that was typically held by doctors, and then to be able to take more control over their own healthcare. The PowerMeter project would, it was hoped, encourage people to lower their levels of energy consumption by showing them how much they were using. The services operated under the slogans “Better health comes from better information” and “Save Energy. Save Money. Make a Difference”.

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