I can't speak to the details of the decision. But what I can say is that aside from canning our site, Google treated us pretty darn well. We were all offered relocation options to other Google offices, which would come with cost of living pay bumps, paid moving expenses, etc...
And they let us open source pieces of the thing we were working on. Pretty sweet.
Some stayed with the company. But unfortunately, many of us could not make the move to another eng site.
Thanks for the reply. Externally, watching Google kill of products is hard, but it's easy to forget that they might be killing off engineers with these moves too. It's great to hear that they're trying to keep the talent and just shed the real estate.