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Google Reader news forces FeedDemon to shutter, too

The founder of the popular PC RSS feed manager will close FeedDemon's doors after 10 years, following Google's decision to shutter Reader.

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How do you kill a FeedDemon? Apparently, all it takes is a decision from Google.

In a blog post, Nick Bradbury, the founder of the popular RSS feed manager FeedDemon, cites Google's call to shutter Google Reader on July 1 as the final "nail in the coffin" for his desktop and laptop app. Bradbury mentions numerous serious concerns, such as spending time with his family and recently being forced to take a day job, but he also talks about the inner workings of FeedDemon.

The software, he explains, relies on Reader for synchronization, "and there's no decent alternative," he says. Bradbury announced on Twitter that he plans to create a version of FeedDemon without Google Reader sync, and then release it for free before the July 1 deadline.

"I think it's great that Feedly and Digg are hoping to replace the Reader API -- and I hope they succeed -- but FeedDemon's demise has been a long time coming," Bradbury wrote to CNET in an e-mail today. "I haven't been able to work on it for quite a while and knew I'd have to kill it eventually, and the end of Reader was the event that forced me to pull the trigger."

Updated at 4:10 p.m. PST with comment from Nick Bradbury.