Google is shutting down Google Answers, a service in which live researchers would answer your questions for a small fee. And while the service will soon stop accepting questions, Google said it will leave the archived Q&As online.
The company doesn't give any reason for why it's killing Google Answers. Maybe it couldn't compete with Yahoo Answers, which is free.
Amazon's Mechanical Turk hits some similar notes, but that service is more task-oriented. It also pays people, though several requests up right now are paying fewer than five cents for completion.