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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by bowkota on Mon 25th Mar 2013 22:38 UTC
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It boils down to the fact that if they wanted to monetize Reader they would have to index or scan content in some way, so they could make money through advertising. That's where the privacy concern arises.

However, let's not forget that Google made Reader free and eliminated all competition by doing so. Once they realised they weren't going to make a fortune out of it they threw it out.
Not cool man

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