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

March 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.

Explore further: Coolerbooks.com gets 1M books from Google scans

Related Stories

Coolerbooks.com gets 1M books from Google scans

September 2, 2009

(AP) -- Interead, a British company that sells the COOL-ER e-book reader, is adding more than 1 million free public-domain books to its online bookstore. The texts are available from Google Inc. through its book-scanning ...

S. Korea urges Google to improve privacy

February 28, 2012

South Korean regulators Tuesday voiced concerns over Google's controversial plan to merge user data from YouTube, Gmail, Google+ and other services in individual comprehensive profiles.

Google Reader death brings online outcry

March 14, 2013

Outrage over Google's decision to pull the plug on Reader flooded the Internet on Thursday as lovers of the RSS service for tracking website updates lobbied to keep it alive.

Recommended for you

Smart home heating and cooling

August 28, 2015

Smart temperature-control devices—such as thermostats that learn and adjust to pre-programmed temperatures—are poised to increase comfort and save energy in homes.

Smallest 3-D camera offers brain surgery innovation

August 28, 2015

To operate on the brain, doctors need to see fine details on a small scale. A tiny camera that could produce 3-D images from inside the brain would help surgeons see more intricacies of the tissue they are handling and lead ...

Team creates functional ultrathin solar cells

August 27, 2015

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria has developed an ultrathin solar cell for use in lightweight and flexible applications. In their paper published in the journal Nature Materials, ...

Interactive tool lifts veil on the cost of nuclear energy

August 24, 2015

Despite the ever-changing landscape of energy economics, subject to the influence of new technologies and geopolitics, a new tool promises to root discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence rather than ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

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.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.