Google shakeups continue as Maps and Search divisions merge

On Wednesday, Google announced that Andy Rubin would leave his position as head of the Android division for an unnamed job at the company. As it turns out, that was just the start of a big shakeup in Google's organization that is only just now coming to light

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google has decided to merge the Maps and Search divisions, under the leadership of the Search head, Alan Eustace. The head of the Maps division, Jeff Huber, confirmed on his Google+ page he will still be at the company, working in the Google X research division. His post did not mention the merging of the Maps and Search teams.

In addition, The Journal reports that the commerce unit, which was also headed up by Huber, and the advertising division will also merge, under the leadership of Susan Wojcicki. The changes mean that Google now has five main divisions instead of seven (Search/Maps, Commerce/Ads, YouTube, Android and Google+).

Google also announced that several of its projects would be shut down over the next several months, including its Google Reader site. The decision has generated a lot of negative comment from its current users, and an online petition that was launched to ask Google to change its mind has generated over 66,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.

Source: Wall Street Journal | Image via Google

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valerius said,
the divisions sound about right. except for search/maps. how do those go together?

In case you have to search a map, or map a search? The scroogling continues! :0

How doesn't it sound right? The whole point of Google Maps is to make searching for physical places as intuitive as searching for other stuff online. With Google making a strong push to put these location based results right into your main Google search it seems like a very logical step.

The idea is with you being mobile and more and more searches coming in via mobile the main Google algorithm should be very smart at properly pulling these in for you. It will also be used to probably make search very location aware in an attempt to make it more contextual.

I don't like the privacy implications, but it is logical to merge them.

I'm not going to bother signing the petition. One less part of my internet life tied to Google is a good thing, and I bet whatever service prevails from this will be better than Google Reader anyway!

It's also a very odd petition to sign, since a massively data-focused company like Google is probably already aware of exactly what their user base is doing.

Telling Google that they don't realize what their users want is a very, very odd thing.

I remember when Microsoft used to kill off great products and services. Now Google is all grown up... they do grow up so very fast :'D

It won't be long until the EU presents them with their very own 1 billion dollar fine.

Nah. No company is stupid enough to willingly sign something that can hurt them. And if they did why wouldn't they fight it? What company would do such stupid moves.

I'm sure they base their large-scale business decisions on the sheer thrill of destroying awesome products, yup. That just makes total sense.