This isn’t an issue of “openness”, per se — Twitter, for instance, has very good reasons to limit its API. You aren’t entitled to unrestricted access to someone else’s service. Those days are gone for good, and we’ll all be fine. We don’t need big web players to be completely open. The bigger problem...Read more →
Google Listen was the android app I used to listen to podcasts on my phone. Unfortunately, it synced with Google Reader to track which podcasts you were subscribed to. Yeah, well guess how well it works now… CLARIFICATION: You can still find the program available in the Play store. But when I tried to...Read more →
The Economist has yet another wonderful article about the larger issues surrounding Google shutting down Reader: Google has asked us to build our lives around it: to use its e-mail system (which, for many of us, is truly indispensable), its search engines, its maps, its calendars, its cloud-based apps and storage services, its video-...Read more →
I’m vaguely understanding this but I would love to actually have some details on exactly what privacy “issues”…
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 Larry Page has been adding lawyers, policy experts and others to each of its teams who can deal with compliance and privacy issues, 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.
Read the full article on latimes.com.
Sign all the petitions you want, I’m getting the feeling Google’s pretty serious about this one. Google is shutting down Google Reader on July 1 and to say that quite a few people are unhappy about this move would be an understatement. Today, Google Reader moved one step closer to its grave as Google...Read more →
I was just pointed toward The Old Reader as a possible Google Reader replacement. Although at first glans it doesn’t support folders, which is a must for me, I figure I’ll give it a try. I’ve submitted my OPML file for importation. I wonder how long this is going to take…Read more →
Has Google got it out for RSS? Oh Google. Thought we wouldn’t notice that you’re trying to kill off not just Google Reader, but also your support and endorsement for the RSS format itself? People have just started noticing that Google’s own RSS Subscription Chrome browser extension has disappeared from the Google Chrome Web Store....Read more →
Dude, yes, that’s an RSS pillow on a chair in my office. I love RSS and I believe that RSS still matters, as does Dieter Bohn: RSS is built so deeply into the bones of so many websites and web services that we take it for granted. Your Tumblrs and your YouTube users and...Read more →