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Google to retire Health and PowerMeter products

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Google will discontinue two of its products -- Google Health and Google PowerMeter -- after neither achieved the popularity necessary to continue them, according to the company.

Google Health, launched in May 2008, was intended as a service that aggregated health and wellness information. Users could create an account at google.com/health and import their medical records, lab results, prescription info and immunization histories.

Google PowerMeter is a energy monitoring tool that helped users analyze their home's energy consumption.

"Both are based on the idea that with more and better information, people can make smarter choices, whether in regard to managing personal health and wellness, or saving and conserving energy at home," Google product manager Aaron Brown wrote in a Friday blog post. "While they didn't scale as we had hoped, we believe they did highlight the importance of access to information in areas where it's traditionally been difficult."

Google PowerMeter is set to retire Sept. 16. Users can download the data on their accounts.

Google Health will be discontinued Jan. 1, 2012, although records and other data on that service will be available to download until Jan 1, 2013. Users can get their records in a variety of formats, including a printable PDF file, HTML or XML versions. The tech giant will also add the ability to transfer files to other health database services such as Microsoft's HealthVault, Google said.

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Photo: Google's logo at company headquarters on April 7. Credit: Kimihiro Hoshino /AFP/Getty Images

 
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