I liked John Siracusa's take on the just-announced death of Google Reader:
1. Drive competing services out of business with a free service (subsidized by a profitable product).
2. Cancel free service.
Very strange behavior and people are right to be a bit pissy about it. But by the same token, I think Marco Arment is right that this may ultimately be good news for RSS fans. Google Reader wasn't a viable business that Google was investing in and improving. If anything, they were making it worse in flailing efforts to integrate it into a real business strategy. But it was essentially impossible to compete with them either. They were the 800-pound gorilla in the RSS space, but like a hobbled 800-pound gorilla that wasn't going anywhere.
I'm sure that one day this will all turn out OK.
Hat tip: MR