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R.I.P. Google Reader

If you're like me, then you use Google Reader everyday. I'm very likely addicted to it. I check Reader at least as much, and probably more, as often as I check my email inbox. Reader allows me to manage 50+ feeds that I like to keep track of. Unfortunately, as you may have heard, Google is turning off Reader starting July 1. Yeah...that's Monday! We're down to our last weekend with Google Reader. <sniff, sniff> So where should us RSS junkies go next? The Verge has a good rundown of the leading candidates to replace Google Reader.

Ellis Hamburger writing for TheVerge

Switching from Google Reader to another service isn't much of a pain, assuming you pick one of the newer options like Feedly or Digg. Upon signing into these services you can grant access to your Google Reader account, which then automatically populates your new account with your Reader feeds and categories.
Otherwise, you'll have to export your Google Reader account, then import it (as an OPML or XML file) into your service of choice. To export your Google Reader data, head to Google Takeout, select Google Reader, and then click Create Archive. Once the service has finished compiling your data (it can take a while), click Download. Now, all of your Google Reader activity, like lists, starred items, subscriptions, and notes will be downloaded as separate files to your computer. You'll want the Subscriptions.xml file, which contains all the URLs of the feeds you're subscribed to. In your service or app of choice, you'll then want to select the import option, and pick the XML or OPML file you just downloaded to import all your feeds.
Google will allow you to export your feeds using Takeout until July 15th, so make a move.

Unfortunately, none of the current options seem to be as simple, clean, and efficient as Google Reader. I'm currently trying to embrace Feedly because it has a nice iOS app, but it just doesn't feel right yet. However, Digg just released it's RSS Reader called Digg Reader to the public last night. It also has an iOS app and feels remarkably close to Google Reader. But I've only been testing it out since last night. 

As Nathan Olivarez-Giles points out on TheVerge about Digg Reader:

As we noted in our hands-on with the beta release, the Digg Reader web app currently lacks the robust feature set of rivals such as Feedly or Newsblur. But, the service is simple, intuitive, and not set to be killed off anytime soon as Google Reader is as of July 1st. A Google account will be required to sign up for Digg Reader, and RSS subscriptions can be pulled in with ease. Once subscriptions are set up, uses can Digg and save stories as they like, or share links to Facebook and Twitter — and that's about it at this point.
At least Digg Reader has not dying going for it right now. +1 for that!