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NewsPoster Jul 2, 2013 06:30 AM
Google Reader shuttered after eight years, migration options given
Google has closed its RSS reading service, <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Google Reader</a>, after eight years of operation. The shutdown, announced <a href=" ogram/" rel='nofollow'>four months ago</a> as part of a wider "spring cleaning effort," now forces users of the web app to sign up with another service, with some alternative RSS collection sites reporting large changes in traffic. <br />
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Existing users of Google Reader will be greeted by a static page with a note from the development team. Users will be able to download Google Reader subscription data via <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Google Takeout</a> until 12PM PST on July 15th this year, with all remaining data deleted shortly afterward. The Reader team also offers a <a href="" rel='nofollow'>link</a> to a list of other RSS reader options. <br />
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In terms of alternative services, both <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Feedly</a> and <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Digg</a> stated their intention to implement their own replacements of the Google Reader API, one that many RSS apps synchronized with. Feedly, with an operational API that is used by a <a href="" rel='nofollow'>number</a> of other apps, had a sudden influx of 500,000 users within <a href=" s.the.bandwidth/" rel='nofollow'>48 hours</a> of the original Google Reader shutdown news, with that number still continuing to increase. <a href=" forward/" rel='nofollow'>Digg</a> is still working on its own reader <a href="" rel='nofollow'>post-launch</a>, and though its API is currently non-existent, it is still proving popular, and <a href="" rel='nofollow'>announced</a> that it is crawling 7.7 million feeds just five days after launch.
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