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News Byteongoing spring cleaning, Google on Wednesday announced plans to sunset eight features and services. Among them is Google Reader, a widely used RSS reader the company has been offering since 2005. Why shutter the beloved news reader? Says Google, “usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products.” Google will retire Reader on July 1 of this year.
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When Media Giants Attack! Cease-and-Desist Letter to News Reader Zite Claims All Kinds of Copyright DamageA panoply of big media giants sent a cease-and-desist letter today to Zite, the Apple iPad news reader app. The Washington Post, AP, Gannett, Getty, Time, Dow Jones and many other media organizations were part of the copyright violations action, which you can read all about after the jump.
Today, BoomTown braved the floods and skippered All Things Digital‘s S.S. Minnow through a Noah-like rainstorm in Silicon Valley to visit offices of Pulse. Less than a year ago, the nifty visual news-reading app was publicly praised by Apple’s Steve Jobs for innovativeness and slapped by the New York Times for misusing its RSS feed on the same day. Dramatic, for sure, but they have made nice with the Times since then and have also raised more than $1 million in funding and grown to three million users since then.