Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman talks about Google's recent decision to kill Google Reader. He talks about the economics of it all and why it does not make sense to continue to provide a public good service that reaps them no benefits themselves. He then suggests that perhaps the long term solution is not to have a private organization maintain the service, but perhaps a public one for the common good:
... historical examples with these characteristics — like urban transport networks — have been resolved through public provision. It seems hard at this point to envision search and related functions as public utilities, but that’s arguably where the logic will eventually lead us.
What do you think? Should the government or a non-profit run Google Reader instead?