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ReadBurner: Meme tracker based on Google Reader shared items

Ever with there was a way to track popular news/blog posts by following Google Reader shared item feeds without, you know, subscribing to dozens of feeds? The big problem with link blogs and shared item feeds is that if you subscribe to a bunch, there's a pretty good chance you're going to wind up seeing the same articles over and over. ReadBurner makes it possible to track shared items from...

New Google Reader feature ignites privacy debate

A few weeks ago Google launched a new feature that makes Google Reader a bit more social. Whenever you mark an item as "Shared," your Gmail/Google Talk contacts will be able to find that article by following a new "Friends' shared items" link in Google Reader. Now here's the thing: Google Reader shared items have always been available to the public. But in order to find a shared item feed you need...