Why the heck would they need access to the labs? Is Bono a scientist now?
I predict this switch will be the last nail in U2's coffin. They are already ancient and mostly irrelevant. Switching from the cool brand to the un-cool brand is all it will take to make anyone younger than 50 or so think twice about buying their albums.
I could only guess they wanted some kind of app that would allow them to interact with people at the show (maybe turn all devices into some massive automated lighting effect?)... anyway, they should have simply developed an app and sold it.
No grudges held against U2 or Bono, they're just doing what they think is best for themselves.