The Real Reason Google Killed Reader

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Much has been said about the demise of Google Reader and whether a decline in users ultimately killed off the much-loved product. But according to a new report from Buzzfeed, Larry Page and other higher-ups at Google simply didn't care for the product, so it was taken behind the barn.

More specifically, Page's disinterest in the service essentially scared off any engineering leads to take over the reins. It simply was no longer a priority, not that it ever was given Reader's genesis, which started as a pet project. So, why work on something that the big boss doesn't care about? After all, it's not going to get you any attention or awards.


RIP, Google Reader. [Buzzfeed]