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Google Reader take 2: Not bad at all

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The first version of Google's RSS reader, which debuted in October 2005, was so light on features that it was more of a curiosity than a serious application. Now the wizards in white coats at Google Labs have cooked up a new version. The almost completely reworked Google Reader includes a slew of new features and improvements that make the Web-based application a viable alternative to the existing desktop and online RSS readers.

The new version features a redesigned interface, which now looks and acts like a "real" RSS reader. You can tag feeds and star individual articles, so you can manage your subscriptions in a manner similar to Gmail. However, the use of the tag feature can be slightly confusing for newcomers.

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