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Requiem for Google Reader: an RSS behemoth shuts down

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After years of operation and tentative integration with Google+, Google Reader is finally shutting down on July 1st. As it does, competing reader apps must both fill the gap and wean themselves off one of the most popular back-end tools for managing feeds, while users scramble for a replacement. Will RSS survive the shutdown, or has social media made both it and Reader obsolete?