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CNET Update: Grieving for Google Reader's death

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CNET Update: Grieving for Google Reader's death

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Feeds must find a new home with Google shutting down its Reader, Facebook freshens up Timeline, and the Angry Birds cartoon series launches this weekend.

It's time to find a new home for your feeds. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. There is outrage on the interwebs. Over news that Google Reader is being shut down in July, Google Reader has been a way to keep up with RSS feeds since it launched in 2005. But Google says usage of the service has declined. Well, people who use Reader are passionate that's because in less than a day, more than 50,000 people have signed change that petitions to save Google Reader. Not sure if that will actually make a difference in Google's decision. Anyone who uses Reader has 4 months to save the feeds they subscribe to and export them to another service. We'll get to some of those Reader replacements in a minute, but first, Facebook is doing some spring cleaning to your timeline profile page. A redesigned timeline began slowly rolling out users, your status and main post are on the right. Info about you and some activities such as photos and music sit on the left. Twitter also added a new feature. You can add line breaks and post that or written on the main website. Although it's a win for people who tweet high coos, it also can be just annoying and ugly if people get carried away. With line break power comes great responsibility. Netflix users can finally connect with Facebook that is if you want to reveal what you're watching with your Facebook friends, nothing is automatically posted to Facebook. You can choose not to share a particular show or movie. Other countries have been able to do this for sometime now but it was prevented in the U.S. because of the 1988 Federal Law called Video Privacy Protection Act. Congress just amended the video sharing law this year. This weekend, the premiere of the Angry Birds cartoon will fly into televisions, the cartoon for the popular game can be found on Comcast Xfinity on Demand and Samsung smart TVs. Roku and other setup boxes will get the series later. And if you have the app, because at this point, who doesn't? You can also watch the cartoons on the channel button that's found on the game's home screen. With Google Reader going away, it's time to find good replacements for your subscriptions so, you don't miss a post. One you might like is Feedly. It's free on Android, iOS, and there's a plugin for Firefox and Chrome browsers. It gives you the option to subscribe to categories of topics or individual sites. It lets you mark stories to save for later or see what you recently read. Another one is Pulse, that's great for quick scanning on a touchscreen and the ever popular Flipboard has a magazine style layout. Don't forget, there's still Google Currents, which debuted in 2011 but not many people talk about it. That's your tech news update and you can find more details at cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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