Google Prepares to Kill Google Reader (And Other Services)

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Last year around this time, Google engaged in a little of "spring cleaning," shutting down services such as Google Desktop, Notebook, and Web Security. This year the big G is at it again, putting the kibosh on their lesser-used programs (and some I'm not even familiar with) like Google Cloud Connect, Building Maker, Snapseed Desktop, Google Reader, and - wait what?

Google Reader, Google's service for RSS feed organization, has been around since 2005 and for myself and everyone I know, it's the go-to reader. The news that usage is dwindling isn't surprising with so many alternatives popping up so frequently, but hearing that the following has gotten small enough to shut it down is a bit of a shocker.

Those with an abundance of feeds will be happy to know that they'll be able to use Google Takeout to export their data for use in another reader. Keep an eye on MEGATechNews for a list of alternatives you can use after Google Reader gets put down on July 1 of this year.

via Google's Official Blog


Dylan Duarte is a freelance writer who's covered film, television, videogames, and of course tech! He's also an aspiring screenwriter and likes that watching movies is considered "work" because of it. You can follow him on twitter @dylanduarte, but be warned that it's mostly the nonsensical ramblings of a potty-mouth.

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