Google shuts down experimental department Google Labs, but it will not affect its famous '20% employee time' policy.

Despite announcing that it will shut down Google Labs, Google insists that it is not changing its famous employee 20% time policy.

“[Google Labs] was a separate consideration from 20% time,” a Google spokesperson tells Mashable. “We don’t have any changes to announce there. We’ll continue to devote a subset of our time to newer and experimental projects.”

Google is famous for letting its employees spend approximately 20% of their time “on projects that aren’t necessarily in [their] job descriptions.” This has given birth to some of Google’s most important products, including Gmail, Google News and Google Reader, the latter of which is a graduate of Google Labs. Ben Parr/Mashable.

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