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Digg's Google Reader replacement launches next week

Laura Barnes
Digg's Google Reader replacement launches next week

Digg has announced that its Google Reader replacement will be available to all on June 26th.

Digg Reader will launch five days before Google Reader retires, giving users time to transfer all their important feeds and get their heads around using a new RSS reader.

"Our aim has been to nail the basics: a web and mobile reading experience that is clean, simple, functional and fast," the company said.

"We're also introducing a tool that allows users to elevate the most important stories to the top."

Google announced in March that it was shutting down its RSS reader on July 1st after eight years of the service.

"We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favourite websites," said Google in a statement, "While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined.

"So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months."

Digg is not the only company to attempt to take on Google Reader users, free service Freedly managed to acquire over 500,000 users in just 48 hours after Google’s announcement and paid service Feedbin is also looking to draw in Google users.

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Tags: Digg, Google Reader, RSS reader, Digg Reader

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