Google Reader shutting down July 1, 2013: Users weep.

Google Said It Wouldn't Be Evil, But Now It's Shutting Down Google Reader

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March 13 2013 7:55 PM

Google Said It Wouldn't Be Evil, But Now It's Shutting Down Google Reader

Google Reader no longer available notice
RSSpocalypse

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Tragedies happen every day in this crazy world, and journalists, jaded lot that they are, stare them down unflinchingly. Once every so many moons, however, there comes a crisis so devastating that even the most hardened souls simply shatter into pieces.

Today, dear friends, Google announced that it will shut down its RSS reader on July 1. Here is how Twitter reacted. (Warning: Rampant, uncontrollable profanity to follow.)

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