It might be snowing in other parts of the country, but for Google , spring is definitely in the air. This means it's time for the search engine's annual "spring cleaning" session, when it makes room in its arsenal by doing away with old products and services.

This year, Google is getting rid of an application that used to be one of its most popular: Reader, which allowed users to scan their favorite RSS feeds. Is this the end of the RSS era, or is Google simply trying to move in a new direction? Fool contributor Caroline Bennett examines the demise of Reader in the video below.


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The article Behind the Death of Google Reader originally appeared on Fool.com.

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