Google closes book on Reader news story service
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google on Monday closed the book on its free Reader service for gathering news stories and other online items in simple, up-to-the-minute lists.
Reader's "RSS feeds" had long been a popular way to stay updated on subjects of interest, but users are increasingly turning to social media such as Facebook and Twitter instead.
"Most content now is tied to some dedicated platform or other," said Silicon Valley analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group.
"Getting rid of this service shows good governance by Google... In a world of limited resources, this service just wasn't making the grade." Diehard Reader fans were outraged by Google's move.