Google Reader exodus causes service to use 10 times the bandwidth
Web-based RSS reader service Feedly has seen a large wave of users jump onboard, just days after Google's announcement. Half a million users have signed up for the service within 48 hours of the search giant saying it would close down Google Reader on July 1st, something which is making the RSS startup use ten times the bandwidth of what it used before the announcement.
Developers left scrambling as service disappears
The developer of the news aggregation app Zite has created a workaround for the upcoming shutdown of Google Reader, according to an announcement. A Google Reader section in Zite can now provide basic feed reading without using Google's infrastructure. Several limitations exist however; not every RSS feed has been indexed, for instance, and there's currently no way to edit feeds without changing settings on Google's end and relinking.
Pulls existing Reader plans for later in the year forward
Social news website Digg is intending to build its own RSS reader and API, following Google's announcement that it is shutting Google Reader down. The company will be moving plans to create its own online RSS feed reader forward, starting to build it now instead of in the second half of this year, and has asked for suggestions for potential features from existing Digg readers.
App buried in Ice Cream Sandwich code
Google appears to be ready to launch a significant updated to its Reader RSS app for Android devices. The redesign, which was said to be buried in Ice Cream Sandwich, provides a new interface that appears to follow the company's recent aesthetic changes to Gmail and other web-based utilities to better suit touchscreen input.
Google Reader overhaul arrives
Google on Monday brought out a long-rumored revamp of Google Reader. The new interface for RSS feed reading takes on the much more streamlined and more touch-friendly interface of Google+ and other recent remakes. Google+ now plays a central role and lets users recommend a story with a +1.
Byline RSS app for iPhone
Phantom Fish on Monday debuted its Byline, an RSS reader and offline brower allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to easily save web pages and read them later. "For the first time," the company says, readers can save virtually any web page -- not just items from news feeds -- for later use. Byline supports feeds from Google Reader displaying summaries of unread items for users to browse.
Google Reader for iPhone
Google on Monday released a new beta version of Google Reader designed for the iPhone and other mobile phones with advanced browsers. Google reader, first introduced 2006, is designed to quickly view and manage information and updates from multiple sources: "To make our (and your) Reader iPhone experience better, we wanted to really take advantage of the iPhone's capabilities," the company wrote in its official blog. "Today we're releasing a new beta version of Reader designed for the iPhone and other mobile phones with advanced browsers. You can use it by visiting http://www.google.com/reader/i/ on your phone."