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So, did you hear the news yet? The internet and tech world is abuzz and some are near panic about Google’s decision to discontinue the Reader service and honestly speaking, my hands are shaking (if not by a lot) a little from the news too. Many of us are reliant on Google Reader as a way of collectively viewing our favorite blogs and news sites through their RSS feeds. Google Reader also has apps that can be downloaded into tabs and mobile phones which makes getting the latest news from our favorite blogs and sites an on-the-go thing.

Google, through its Google Reader Blogspot blog announced that they are sad to retire Reader too, more so than fans of the useful tool, and they think that giving a sunset period of three months should ease users into adopting alternative ways to retrieve RSS feeds. So, officially, if Google does not change its mind, Reader will be dead by July 1, 2013.

Even with fans of the reader platform hitting the internet to petition to maintain the service and tech geeks hitting the streets as a form of protest, Google explained that the number of people using Google Reader has declined and as a company, there seems to be very few reasons to pour precious time and energy into maintaining the service in the future….albeit, Reader isn’t making any money, I think.

Generally speaking, general consumers might be be upset about the decision but there are applications and other technologies that are reliant on Google Reader and to say that these companies are fuming and in a panic is probably an understatement. I guess we have all been taking Reader for granted, to think that it will always be around for us. One good example would be FeedDemon whose service relies heavily on Google. The creator wrote a tear-jerking blog post to announce the death of FeedDemon here.

But before you reach for your tissue paper, there is fresh news off the press that Digg is digging in to come up with a Reader-like application before Google’s service ends. The company said that they have been planning to come up with a reader during the second half of 2013 without knowing about Google’s sudden announcement, so, now the company is fast-tracking their plans in an effort to bridge the gap for consumers. They plan to make the new Reader-like application more approachable and digestible.

Even as you are reading and digesting this piece of bad and good news, Digg is looking around for suggestions from its fans and Internet users about what they would like to see in the new Reader. In fact, they are thinking about integrating Twitter, Tumblr and Reddit too. I guess we would just have to accept the fact that when one door closes, another one will open.

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