Google killing off Blogger and Picasa brands

Services to be renamed in Google+ push

Move comes ahead of public launch of brand new social network.

Say goodbye to Picasa and Blogger. Well, the names at least. “Sources familiar with the matter” have told Mashable that both services are set to be rebranded as part of a push to ensure the popularity of the newly launched Google+ social network.

Picasa is set to become Google Photos while Blogger will dubbed Google Blogs. The insiders also intimated that other Google services that don’t use the Big G’s moniker are likely to be changed too, although YouTube is set to keep its Google-free title.

Word is the change will happen in the next month to six weeks, aimed at tying in with the public launch of Google+. The service is currently invite only.

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