Google Reader being shuttered for privacy-compliance concerns, report says

Mar 25, 2013 by Salvador Rodriguez

Google said earlier this month it would close its Reader service because of low usage, but a report says the company also killed the RSS platform because it did not want to commit a full staff to it to ensure the service complied with privacy laws.

After having to agree to multi-million dollar settlements with government agencies, Google Chief Executive has been adding lawyers, and others to each of its teams who can deal with compliance and , a report by AllThingsD says.

But that was something Google was unwilling to do for Reader, which didn't even have a product manager or a full-time engineer working on it, the report says.

When Google announced it would stop its Reader service on July 1, the move was largely seen as part of its spring cleaning that it does every so often in order to get rid of some services and features that haven't caught on.

Google Reader's demise hasn't been well received by its passionate users. Google Reader users have signed several petitions hoping to convince Google to continue the service, which is used to aggregate content from numerous RSS feeds. One of the petitions has gained more than 150,000 signatures.

But so far Google hasn't budged or showed signs that it might change its mind. So while users count down the days until July 1, many of them have already flocked to other services that could replace Google Reader.

Feedly, for example, said it picked up 500,000 users from Reader after Google announced its impending closure. Flipboard, Newsblur and the Old Reader were other RSS services mentioned as replacements by users after announced it would close Reader.

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sennekuyl
5 / 5 (1) Mar 26, 2013
I wouldn't trust them even if they did about-face. They don't want to have it running, so any change is putting off the inevitable.

500k? How many are not bothering till the service ends? How many are waiting a month or two to see who emerges as the best replacement? How many are just going to let the service slide? I doubt they are less than those that have already moved. My bet is on the 500k being at best 1/3.