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Google Is Killing Off Reader (Yes, Really)

No, that’s not a misprint. Google has announced that Google Reader is being discontinued from July 1. Our favourite RSS reader is being dumped because Google says not enough people use the product. The fools!

Here’s the official statement from Google’s blog:

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.

We’ll have more on this — including alternatives and how to export your feed list — once we stop hyperventilating.

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