Given the populist sentiment that it's completed obliterated privacy by merging Buzz into Gmail without people being super aware of what was happening, Google's thinking about going beyond the tweaks it made the other day by cutting the cord between Buzz and Gmail entirely.
People might get to claim completely different usernames for Buzz too. A fresh start might be for the best, though the damage is already done. Update: Or maybe it's just getting a separate app. Hahaha. [Search Engine Land]