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Google Reader alternative The Old Reader will stay open to the public

Battle for the RSS crown heats up
Mon Aug 05 2013, 15:26

GOOGLE READER ALTERNATIVE The Old Reader has announced that it will stay open to the public, despite having said last week that it would shut down.

The Old Reader said last week that it would close its doors in two weeks, saying that since the closure of Google Reader managing the service had become "hell" with the team working through weekends and holidays to ensure that it could cope with the influx of new users.

"The truth is, during last [five] months we have had no work life balance at all," the company said in a blog post.

However, The Old Reader team has changed its mind, and said that the service will stay open to the public. This is thanks to "significantly more" resources provided by a "new corporate entity located in the US", although the team didn't elaborate much further than that.

Ben Wolf of The Old Reader team wrote in a blog post, "The Old Reader is going to retain all of its functionality and remain open to the public. Not only that, we're going to do everything in our power to grow the user base which will only accentuate the things that make this application special.

"To facilitate these improvements, we're going to be transitioning The Old Reader to a top tier hosting facility in the United States this coming week. It's going to require some downtime and for that we sincerely apologize, but it's also going to mean A LOT more servers, 10x faster networks, and long-term stability."

The Old Reader's decision to stay open sees the battle to take Google's RSS crown heating up, with Feedly also announcing a new subscription based service today. The popular RSS service said that it will offer an optional £5 per month Pro account to its users, those in the US at least, which will include additional features such as article search, Evernote integration and added security. µ


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