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Good points mentioned. Love Google Reader and have been using it for years since its first release. Google started to focus on things that they think are important, like Google+ which appears to some users, not that important (well, we heard of the ghost town). I also recently started moving things away from Google, Calendar, Reader (of course). Well, at least I will have to keep our Google account to use the Webmaster tool, Gmail, Analytics and of course, search engine.