Former Google Reader product manager confirms our suspicions: Its demise is all about Google+

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Google+.” I didn’t have anything more than a hunch to go on, however, until Brian Shih, a former Google Reader product manager, confirmed my suspicions on Quora.

Shih, who left Google in 2011, explains how the company’s insistence on building a social network (to counter Facebook of course) has resulted in the company’s engineers being coaxed away from the Reader group. This is because Reader team members, according to Shih, are believed to be the only ones at Google that truly understand social.

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