The Reason Why Google Is Terminating Reader

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 27 March 2013, 12:04 Hrs
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Bangalore: Internet’s omniscient entity, Google, could be shutting down its RSS app Google Reader in a bid to avoid problematic compliance issues related to privacy. Google has said it is closing the news aggregator on July 1 because of declining usership.

A petition to save Reader on has nearly 150,000 signatures. That’s clearly not enough for the Android maker to have mercy on the product.

Under CEO Larry Page, Google has made a practice of “spring cleaning” throughout all the seasons so it can narrow its focus. Reader was just another bullet point on the latest closure list. But the shutdown wasn’t just a matter of company culture and bigger priorities, sources said. Google is also trying to better orient itself so that it stops getting into trouble with repeated missteps around compliance issues, particularly privacy, according to a report by AllThingsD.

Google didn't even have a product manager or full-time engineer responsible for Reader when it was killed, so the company didn't want to add in the additional infrastructure and staff, they added. At the same time Google Reader is too deeply integrated to be cast away without a second thought. Understandably, the Google+ maker does not bother about consumer products that have less than 100 million users.

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