Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Mar 2013 23:27 UTC
Google "We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months." This makes me very, very sad. Any good alternatives - alternatives with Windows Phone and Metro applications, that is?
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RE: Advantages of being 'open'
by TechGeek on Thu 14th Mar 2013 01:51 UTC in reply to "Advantages of being 'open'"
TechGeek
Member since:
2006-01-14

Who didn't see that coming? Took them long enough.
Sucks big time.

They drove out all the other decent RSS competitors and now they're shutting it down because let's face it they only care about selling more ads.

O P E N



That's about the most ass backwards explanation I have ever read. If all they care about is ads, you would think they would keep it open so that they could put ads on it. Any amount of ads are better than none.

Edited 2013-03-14 01:51 UTC

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Vordreller Member since:
2012-08-29

Placing ads costs money. In server costs, in electricity bills, salaries of people managing it all, time spent on deals being made, etc...

Every big company has the means calculate stuff like this to extreme detail.

If it costs more to show the ads than it returns, there's no point in keeping a service open.

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TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

And at the very least, Google used open technologies. Anyone can write an RSS reader. There are plenty of alts out there.

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Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

Then kiss Google mail, calendar and Android good bye :-)

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