re: Google Backlash: For Real This Time?
I wonder if Google would go for the idea of possibly selling off the services that they're planning on closing. Perhaps there's someone out there who would be able to take the code for something like Reader and find a way to make it turn a profit so that all of the supporting infrastructure can be taken care of, etc.
I recall the outcry when Zynga was cancelling some of the games that it had out there that were seeing less than stellar usage. By letting users of these services know about the decision and give them the option to purchase the service and operate it as a business, perhaps Google, Zynga and the others out there could extend a little good will to the users.
From a business perspective, at least Google would be able to make some profit by closing these services and the services themselves could live on under the watch of the community or another organization. However, eventually, all services will end... just a matter of time.