Google Killing Labs Seems very odd to me, some of Google's best work has come from Labs. It looks like Google+ is part of a wider refocussing in Google. Not that there's anything wrong with G+ per se, it's a massive improvement on Facebook and Twitter, despite it's failings.
RIP Brendan Kehoe I only met Brendan a few times, but he was one of those fellas you instantly put in the "nice guy" category. It really does seem sometimes that only the good die young.