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Digg's Google Reader replacement to move into Beta and possible launch days before Google pulls the plug

Digg to open beta testing on its Google Reader replacement this Wednesday, with public testing beginning next week

Charles Gantt | Jun 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm CDT (0 mins, 58 secs time to read)

In just a few weeks Google will shut down its Reader service for good, despite the massive outcry to keep it alive. Website Digg has been working on a replacement since the announcement was made that reader was going away. This morning it appears that the Digg Reader may just be ready to roll out a few days before the closure, giving everyone ample time to transition over.

Digg's Google Reader replacement to move into Beta and possible launch days before Google pulls the plug | TweakTown.com

Digg's reader uses the same API as Google Reader, so it should be very similar in function to what we are used to. Unlike Google Reader, the service most likely will not stay free, though. Digg says that "free internet services do not stick around very long" and that they "would like their users to become their customers." Pricing plans and other relevant information has not been released yet.

For now the service will be free and will enter public beta starting June 26th with "Friends and Family Beta" beginning this Wednesday with limited access.

What do you think about Digg's plan to monetize the service? With very good services like Feedly and Pulse out there, is there really room for a paid RSS reader?

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A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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