How to export your RSS subscriptions from Google Reader
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How to export your RSS subscriptions from Google Reader

By now, most of the web is abuzz with news of Google axing its Google Reader, which is a platform that most bloggers, including me, identify with. I’ve lived with Google Reader open while I worked for several years, either via FeedDemon and also directly. With the demise of Google Reader, Nick has also decided to kill FeedDemon, most of you might already be hunting for alternatives.

FeedDemon + Google Reader = Bye Bye other feed readers
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FeedDemon + Google Reader = Bye Bye other feed readers

I’m sure most of you have heard of it already, but FeedDemon now includes synchronization for Google Reader as well as the already existing Newsgator, which has been a part of it ever since the beginning. I’ve been using FeedDemon for several years now and the best part of it is the complete synchronization it has with Newsgator. I’ve been running the beta versions and it’s turning out better with time.

FeedBlitz introduces Embedded Subscription Forms
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FeedBlitz introduces Embedded Subscription Forms

Using FeedBlitz or any third party service requires your visitors to move away from your site when they are subscribing or using that service. Google’s Custom Search Engine as well as Adsense for Search ensured that visitors stayed on your site by embedding custom forms on pages of your site. Now, FeedBlitz has introduced Embedded Subscription Forms.

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FeedBlitz Changes Its TOS – Lists with 5000+ Subscribers Effected

FeedBlitz, a popular Blog to Email service has changed its Terms of Service which come into effect on August 19, 2007. The two main changes to the terms of service are: Lists with an active circulation of 5,000 or more must be on a FeedBlitz premium service (Pro, Turbo or Newsletter Edition). Ads will be inserted into subscriber emails for lists with circulations of this size until such time as they comply This is indeed a surprising change, though their reasoning for the same makes sense.

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Service Saturday: IndiaNewsBox

IndiaNewsBox is a new Indian startup that aims at being a news aggregator to display news on a single page while preserving the segregation in news source. Currently they offer news from the following categories: National Headlines International Headlines Business Sports -> Cricket Technology News Showbiz Regional News -> Hindi Regional News -> Kannada Market News Indian Blogs Each page has nine different sources for news. Clicking on an article takes you to the respective page.

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Microsoft files for RSS Patent!

In a startling revelation, Microsoft had filed for two patents covering technology used to organize and read syndicated Web feeds, such as those delivered via the widely used Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, family of formats reports C|Net. This follows Google’s attempt to patent ads in feeds. Filed on June 21, 2005, the first covers “finding and consuming Web subscriptions in a Web browser.