Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th May 2013 21:33 UTC
Google Why does Google get so much credit in the technology industry? Why, despite the company's many obvious failings, do many geeks and enthusiasts still hold a somewhat positive view on the all-knowing technology giant? A specific talk at Google I/O this week provides the answer.
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cdude
Member since:
2008-09-21

The thing about Google Reader is that they got f*cked by local gov-lobbying. France and germany introduced laws to cash them, cash those Reader services. 2 weeks late, once the lobby-law passed in germany, Google announced aborting the Reader. Thing is they never made much money with that services but to continue that services put them under permanent risk.

The bottom-line you will not read in any news since its the news-media who pushed for that law. If or how smaller RSS services may become target if there are not much $ to win from them stays to be seen.

Edited 2013-05-19 12:17 UTC

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some1 Member since:
2010-10-05

France and germany introduced laws to cash them, cash those Reader services.

I've never heard this before. Link to the news, please?
Also, if this is the case, why didn't Google close Reader just in those countries? It's trivial to implement and would show citizens effects of those laws.

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pklausner Member since:
2009-07-23

cdude: you are mixing up things.

The "Leisungsschutzrecht" legislation in Germany affects Google News. They were supposed to pay if the snippets are too long. Interestingly they got off the hook with last-minute lobbying. With the recently passed law only small-time bloggers remain under threat because they cannot afford the court costs to settle the question "snippet short enough/too long?" on a case by case basis.

In France the issue for Google News was settled with a one-off payment to some "new media" fund.

Shutting off RSS aggregation is a clear move to kill interoperability. As with CalDAV. As with XMPP. Surely they think it makes business sense. Surely it should make you think about how far you want to trust their siren songs to lure you into their walled garden...

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