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Reader Is Dead

Last night, Google published a short, curt blog post announcing that they’d be putting Google Reader out to pasture this July. Google Reader is an RSS model of aggregating web content into one place, and whether or not it was very popular (Google says it wasn’t) it was certainly influential, and its demise is being mourned hither and yon across the expanse of the Internet, from Twitter’s towering cliffs to the gentle slopes of Buzzfeed. Reddit promptly went ballistic which, these days, is about as close as the U.S. gets to an actual protest. And as goes Reddit, so goes the Internet at large, so the outcry against Google Reader’s demise is large indeed. But if Google cares, they’re not showing it. Instead, various other RSS models are primed to fill Google’s shoes …

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