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Google Reader Goes Away Today. Here’s What You Need to Do Now (VentureBeat)
You can’t say you haven’t been warned: Google announced in March that it would be shutting down Google Reader, its popular RSS newsfeed reader, on July 1. Heads up: Today is July 1, and you won’t be able to access the site anymore. USA Today Since Google announced Reader’s demise, several other options have emerged to potentially fulfill your RSS needs. Here are five alternatives to consider: Feedly, The Old Reader, Flipboard, AOL Reader and Digg Reader. The Atlantic Wire A few days behind schedule, but still before deadline, Digg’s much-hyped new RSS reader finally opened to the public on Friday night. So now everyone from the tech press and early adopters to regular Joes have used the Google Reader replacement from the Betaworks team, and, strangely, the reviews are mixed. NPR/All Tech Considered The man behind the recently relaunched Digg Reader, CEO Andrew McLaughlin, somehow found time to chat during the frenzied, final few days of readying Digg Reader. NPR talked with him about content overload, the puzzling math behind our social media feeds and what one RSS reader’s death means for reading’s future. Wired UK It’s still a little baffling that Google chose Reader as next for the chopping block. Although the company claimed that usage had declined, it’s clear that millions of people still used the product.
Vine Makes Tablet Debut with Kindle Fire App While Windows Phone, BlackBerry Users Wait (The Verge)
Vine is now available for Kindle Fire tablets. Amazon’s media-focused tablets are based on Android, of course, so it makes sense that it wouldn’t be difficult for the Vine team to bring a Fire-friendly version of its video creation and sharing app to market.
Google+ Rolls Out New Cohort of Widgets (SocialTimes)
Google Friday rolled out a new set of widgets for Google+ that include a stand-alone “follow” button and larger “badges” for pages, profiles and communities. The stand-alone button is designed to take up minimal space on the user’s website.
Flipboard Update Adds Support for Instagram’s New Video Feature (Mashable)
As noted by The Next Web, Flipboard has been updated with support for videos shared from Instagram. Now, the popular social magazine app is able to display videos from the popular photo-sharing and video-sharing social networking app.
Report: Facebook Extends Hashtags to Mobile Site, Introduces Related Hashtags (AllFacebook)
When Facebook introduced hashtags earlier this month, it promised more related features in the coming weeks and months. According to a report on TechCrunch, the social network is starting to deliver on that promise, saying that it will add support for hashtags to its mobile site, m.facebook.com, and that it began rolling out related hashtags in its search results.
How 500 Startups’ Unda Plans to Challenge Skype on Video Messaging (The Next Web)
No later than a couple of weeks ago, a new video-messaging app called Unda made its appearance in the App Store, with support and funding from 500 Startups. Unda’s purpose is to let users easily send video messages to their friends from their smartphone. The duration of each message is limited to 10 seconds, right between Vine’s six-second clips and Instagram’s 15-second videos.
Judge Orders Rapper to Get Twitter Etiquette Lessons (CNET)
One Philadelphia judge decided that Meek Mill, a rapper who hopes for an immodest future, needs a little help with his 140-character pronouncements. One of the problems that emerged at this hearing is that Mill is penning tweets that allegedly rouse his followers to offer threats to his probation officer.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Wants to Build a ‘DVR Mode’ for Twitter (AllTwitter)
At a moderated panel at the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo hinted at several key feature updates for the platform. Most buzzed about was what he referred to as a “DVR mode” for Twitter, a way to filter the signal from the noise especially during live events.
Facebook Restricts Ads on Controversial Sites (AllThingsD)
In the wake of protests over violent content on its site, Facebook announced Friday that it will remove ads on pages or groups that contain “any violent, graphic or sexual content.” Starting today, Facebook will review pages for controversial content.