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Google Reader is now getting shut down, and a lot has happened in the world of RSS readers since this article was first published in 2010. Check out our brand-new article on the best apps to replace Google Reader, which has a ton of apps you should try out as well as tips for moving your feeds, favorites, and more to new services.

Using a web-based RSS reader allows you to keep up with your online reading, even as you move from computer to computer. Some even offer mobile versions so that you can keep up to date on your phone. There are a variety of different RSS readers available, with different features that you may find useful.

Here are the top ten web-based RSS readers collected from around the web.

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There are a few task management web apps that have caught my attention in the past months. Some are in alpha, some in beta and some already available. Their approaches vary greatly as well.

But, in my opinion, they are all going to make a splash in 2010.

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As Tumblr becomes increasingly popular, more Tumblr users will be looking for ways to make their blog unique. As with WordPress, there is a huge selection of free themes, except the really outstanding ones generally come at a price. Premium WordPress themes took off a few years ago and still offer a huge market. Premium Tumblr themes are currently quite limited, which means there is a lot of untapped potential in this niche.

Awhile ago we took a quick look at twelve top Tumblr themes and today we’ll take a quick look at eight premium, top notch themes for those of you looking for something a little more unique and custom. If you’re a Tumblr theme developer, there’s a special message at the end just for you. ;-)

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There are plenty of holidays to celebrate this month and plenty of web apps to help you get in the holiday spirit. From fun to helpful, these applications can keep you amused and organized through the holiday season.

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As any experienced blogger will most likely know, WordPress is a killer blogging platform. What many people aren’t aware of, except those more familiar with WordPress, is that the platform is capable of so much more than just blogging. In fact, most people refer to it as more of a content management system (CMS) than just something built solely for blogging.

There are some amazing WordPress themes available at places like ThemeForest and around the web, but most are blog-centric. WordPress is capable of so much more. Like what you ask?

Check out these 15 Awesome WordPress themes with unusual uses to find out.

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WordPress offers an easy way to change the design on your blog without having to get elbow-deep in code. It’s just a matter of finding the right theme for your blog and uploading it. These fifteen themes will give you a good place to start.

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I’ve heard it said before that every time your hands leave the keyboard to use the mouse, somewhere a baby kitten dies. Okay, that’s a silly joke and an exaggeration. But spend any time with an expert in various fields in which a computer is a major part of the day and you’ll see the element of truth here.

Whether a designer or developer, someone working in the movie or music industry, or an intern for a larger corporation, experts learn to do their jobs more efficiently. You’ll find that he/she knows the shortcuts of their preferred application like the back of their hand.

Gmail is no different in this respect.

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We’ve had a lot of coverage on self-promotion of late. Web 2.0 seems focused on just this — whether it’s displaying your work with an app like Carbonmade, publishing your bio on Magntize, or broadcasting your witticisms on Twitter, the modern web seems wholly geared to let others know who you are.

And with so many ways to promote your work and your business, it can be hard to focus your efforts. Let us help by rounding up the top applications for displaying what it is that you do — your work.

(Header image by margolove)

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Ever since Firefox came on to the scene, its success was largely dependant on the community that sprung up around it. Developers took the browser to new levels by creating plug-ins and themes that extended the functionality and look of the browser itself.

Mozilla did well to embrace and encourage this community. And now they’ve taken another step forward by making it easier to create these plugins with the beta of a new Mozilla labs effort named Jetpack.

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Google Voice has gotten all the press, but there are a number of services that allow you to forward calls to different phones and transcribe voice mails. Others can even serve as a virtual phone system for small businesses.

Let’s look at a few.

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