Friday, August 16, 2013

Google’s “20% time,” which brought you Gmail and AdSense, is now as good as dead


Glass is the sort of thing that could never have come from Google's 20% program—which is just as well.

Google’s “20% time,” which allows employees to take one day a week to work on side projects, effectively no longer exists. That’s according to former Google employees, one who spoke to Quartz on the condition of anonymity and others who have said it publicly.

This is a strategic shift for Google that has implications for how the company stays competitive, yet there has never been an official acknowledgement by Google management that the policy is moribund. Google didn’t respond to a request for comment from Quartz.
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