Google closes data storage service for scientists

Google is shutting down its scientific data service before it has come out of beta.

Google is shutting down its scientific data service before it has come out of beta.

The Google Research Datasets service was supposed to offer scientists a way of storing massive amounts of data generated in various scientific fields.

Datasets from scientist beta testers had already been uploaded to the service's website.

The decision to axe the service has been made on cost grounds, and follow Google's recent decision to close down a virtual reality site - also in beta - at the end of this month.

That closure was also down to cost-cutting, with Google saying it now had to prioritise services that served the most users - and attracted the most revenue.

Unlike other major web companies, Google seems to be aiming to cut costs through streamlining services, rather than jobs. Yahoo, for instance, has cut thousands of jobs this year.

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