Google Reader was a tentpole of the web I wanted: open, with full freedom of expression that wasn’t tethered to the platform you happened to choose to use. That web is now, largely, gone. Reader will be discontinued this spring.
In the same announcement, Google are talking about killing the standardized CalDAV API in favor of a Google Calendar specific set of calls.
You mean to say we’re going to have to go back and build that web again? That sounds like a good thing to do.
(If you’re missing Google Reader as much as I am, The Old Reader is a worthy alternative.)