Google Kills Reader, FeedDemon Dies In Crossfire

Yesterday was not a good day for RSS fans, as Google announced it was shuttering its Google Reader service on July 1st and the developer of FeedDemon announced the move was causing him to abandon the desktop RSS reader.

An internet petition urging Google to keep Reader has about 19,000 digital signatures.

Today Google announced what it is calling “[a] second spring of cleaning,” shuttering another set of old applications that it views as no longer necessary.

Included in the list is the venerable Google Reader product. In Google’s estimation, “the product has a loyal following, [but] over the years [its] usage has declined.” The move is sure to shake those who remain dependent on the product for daily news gathering.

Free alternatives that fully replicate Reader functionality seem to be few and far between, even less so after Nick Bradbury, who first published FeedDemon in 2003, almost immediately announced he’d be abandoning the venerable product.

[I]t’s time for FeedDemon to die.If you’re an avid FeedDemon user, you probably know that I’ve struggled to keep it updated. FeedDemon stopped “paying the bills” a while ago, so I took a full-time job elsewhere and haven’t been able to give FeedDemon the attention it deserves.

Then today came the news that Google Reader is shutting down on July 1. FeedDemon relies on Google Reader for synchronization, and there’s no decent alternative (and even if there were, it’s doubtful I’d have time to integrate with it, at least not without trading time away from my family – which I won’t do).

That was the nail in the coffin for me. I hate to say goodbye to FeedDemon after a decade of working on it, but it’s time to say goodbye. When Google Reader shuts down on July 1, FeedDemon will also disappear.

In a seemingly unrelated move, Google has removed all ad blocking Android apps from its Play store.

Installed copies will continue to work for the time being, but they won’t receive updates anymore. Most developers urge their users to install the applications directly from the developer website instead to receive updates as usual. Not all apps offer their own updating mechanism right now though. Adblock Plus will receive its own updating routine with its next release. For now, users need to update those apps manually instead. And Adaware already moved to F-Droid which supports automatic updates and the like.