Another timely and insightful snapshot from Nicholas Carr; read the full post, e.g., for a projection of what he believes will be Google's five primary offerings.
Simplicity is the new spaghetti. If the statements weren't clear enough, the company added an exclamation point last week when it announced it was killing off its Google Answers product.
Brin's and Schmidt's words amount to an unusually strong, and carefully coordinated, public critique of what until now had been presented as a cornerstone of Google's success. But they're probably a good sign for the young company. They show that, in this instance, anyway, Google isn't falling into the trap of believing the hype about itself - even when the hype originates from its own organization.