Google Unplugs Reader, Sending Its Loyal Users Elsewhere

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On Wednesday evening, Google announced the imminent passing of Google Reader, age 7. Scheduled demise: July 1. According to its 2005 birth announcement, Reader was “a service we hope helps you spend more time reading what’s important to you.” It was an RSS reader, basically a geeky way to get lots of news articles and blog posts from all manner of sources (remember: no Twitter back then), and organize it all conveniently. Although the service was never wildly popular, for a smattering of dedicated users it was essential.

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