Until recently, Google was a fun company to work for. Employees were encouraged to experiment and research; employees were encouraged to spend 20% of their time on their own fun stuff. Then, Larry Page took over as a CEO last year and Google's mantra became "Social network", "Social network", "Social network". Google Labs was shut down, and everything that wasn't aimed at improving Google+ was suddenly not cool anymore. Reality? Well, mind you: this is the take of one of Google's ex employees, James Whittaker, who recently left Google to join Microsoft (which was, by the way, his original company). So, what's going on?