Marco Arment has a great post on the meta-issue surrounding Google Reader’s shutdown, on the issues around “free” in the tech industry:
“If you try to play by the traditional rules and regulations, you run the risk of getting steamrolled by someone who’s perfectly willing to ignore them. Usually, that’s the biggest potential failure of the tech world’s crazy economy, which sucks for you but doesn’t matter much to everyone else. But sometimes, just like unregulated capitalism, it fails in ways that suck for everyone.”
Go read it.