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It's possible to regret the Reader shutdown, and to point out problems with Google's explanations, without also thinking that they were "wrong" to do it. This is pretty much my position. I think it's unfortunate, a strange decision, and Google's explanations don't make much sense. But I also think that they had every right to do it, and don't owe me a transparent explanation, which might reveal too much of their overall strategy. I was careful, of course, to use Reader in a way that would ensure minimal impact on me if it went away; and the week they announced their plans I switched to Newsblur.



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