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Google Reader is now available as part of the University of Minnesota Google Apps suite. Here's some more information from Charlie Heinz:

"Google Reader for UMN : it's here! I talked with a Google Implementation Team member, and he told me that they flipped the switch last Thursday. When you're logged in (http://google.umn.edu), you'll see in the bar at the top your usual options: Mail, Calendar, Docs, etc. Go to "More". Not everything on this page is actually activated at the U, but scroll down to the "Social" section (third section from the bottom) and click on Reader.

The person I talked to didn't have any tips about migrating your RSS subscriptions from your personal account, and he also stressed that support questions for Reader should go to Google and its support forums, not google@umn.edu. At the moment, they are only supporting the core apps: mail, calendar, docs, sites, and contacts.

There's a group called "ITLA" that reviews requests for new apps and changes to apps every month. The requests they have received include FeedBurner, Picasa, Google Labs for Gmail, and Google Groups, among others."

Read It Later

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Published in Monday Memo April 4, 2011

How many tabs are open in your browser at the end of the day? If you often find yourself glancing at links that you really do want to read (just not right now), take a look at Read it Later at: http://readitlaterlist.com/ . Read it Later (RIL) is a bookmarking tool that integrates with your browser and syncs your bookmarks to the cloud and whatever computers or other devices you choose. RIL extensions are available for most browsers, and applications are available for iPhone/iPad, Android, and other mobile devices. In your browser, RIL adds a button to the address bar or toolbar. Just click it to save the page to your RIL account. Open your browser at home, or the RIL application on your mobile device, and links to the pages you want to read are there waiting for you. RIL also integrates with Google Reader, so you can skim your feeds and mark interesting items for later.

Speaking of RSS feeds, you can subscribe to a feed of your own items (unread, read, or all). I've been experimenting with using sending my Read it Later unread items feed to my Kindle for offline reading during my morning bus ride.

RIL is very similar to another tool, Instapaper. If you'd like some help choosing the one that's right for you, take a look at Lifehacker's comparison at:http://lifehacker.com/#!5622433/battle-of-the-bookmark+and+read+later-apps-instapaper-vs-read-it-later or this more opinionated comparison at:http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml .

Disclaimer: When considering use of this or any hosted service, note that private and confidential University data (link at:http://www.policy.umn.edu/Policies/Operations/OPMisc/INTERNALACCESS_APPB.html) must not be stored on vendor or Internet sites or systems, unless a University contract approved by the Office of the General Counsel is in place with that vendor or site. For questions, please contact Libraries Autosys at: autosys@umn.edu .

- Jan Fransen, on behalf of the Current Awareness and Personal Information Management Collaborative

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