Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Mar 2013 17:40 UTC
Google Liz Gannes at AllThingsD has an interesting perspective on the Google Reader shutdown. According to her sources, the shutdown was motivated by concerns over compliance - especially privacy. She explains how every product team needs compliance officers, and that Google was unwilling to create such an infrastructure for Google Reader. "The context for this concern about compliance is Google's repeated public failures on privacy due to lack of oversight and coordination. It's pretty clear why Page is trying to run a tighter ship."
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wha?
by kristoph on Mon 25th Mar 2013 20:58 UTC
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I don't mean to point out the obvious but a company of Google's size and resource can certainly afford to assemble a privacy team for a reasonably popular product.

I am not suggesting the article is untrue but I do think that, ultimately, what killed Reader was a lack a strategic value.

I am/was an avid Reader user - I used Reader through my apps though - and I actually almost never logged into the thing. I can't imagine Reader provided any value to Google and so it makes sense for Google to bin it rather then spending more cash on it.

On the other hand I think canceling Reader sends a real bad message to Goggle users. No way am I going to use their new note taking app now because if it does not make them enough money they will cancel it. In contrast Evernote is only about their note taking app and so I cam more confident that company will do everything they can to keep it going.

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