Google Chrome Plugins: Do you remember this article from a few days ago: Is Google Inc (GOOG) Really Shutting Down Reader Service? If you have yet to take the time to check out this piece, be sure to do so as soon as possible. Generally speaking, it explains how Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is shutting down its popular Reader Service by July 1, 2013.
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It is now being reported that the Reader Service is not the only thing that people will be missing in the near future. CNET is reporting that the company’s “decision to kill its Google Reader service has caused some collateral damage: the end of a related Chrome extension that let the browser handle RSS feeds.“
As you can see, people who relied on the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Reader Service and Chrome RSS extension will be forced to change their ways sooner rather than later.
While true that there are many petitions circulating the internet, hoping to save the service, there is no way of knowing how the search engine giant is going to react. Sure, they could change their mind and not shut either service down but this is not to be expected.
Here is more from CNET:
“RSS and the similar Atom technology make it easier for people to subscribe to regular updates published on Web sites, and Google Reader was a popular way for people to read that content. Google announced that it’s scrapping Google Reader on July 1, but it’s already gone ahead and withdrawn the feed-finding Chrome extension.”
As you can see, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) did not waste any time getting ride of the Chrome extension. It will be interesting to see if the Reader Service decision is overturned before being shut down for good by July 1.
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