It’s very obvious that this is the dumb idea of forcing more people into the G+ platform. Which is a very dumb if you think about it a second time: We don’t guarantee you a platform to manage your content - and hey, we’ve got another cool platform to even publish your content. Sounds like Twitter API failure.
@ReneBuest did put it in a good way:
Killing the reader after other services leads to the question how save Google’s cloud portfolio regarding a long time availability really is.
If Google shuts down a service like Reader, why should you trust their other services?
Google is also shutting down the CalDAV API. Yes, that’s the API your Mac iCal, iPhone and even Windows Phone 8 uses. Only possibility for Apple is to support the Google Calendar API natively.
If you’re publishing something worth reading on the Internet (and I don’t mean your Facebook Status Updates where people rather care how to remove them and Facebook wants to keep them), be sure to chose a platform on an open basis (WordPress, Ruby On Rails, whatever …) instead of putting your contents in a locked cage.
Anyway, but this is all due to focussing on the real important things:
"We need to focus. Keep the self-driving cars, magic glasses, laptop, handheld OS, and Brazilian social network. Ditch the feed reader."