I still don't understand why Google shut down Reader. It seems like it was successful and consistent with their strategy. Only thing I can guess is that it appeared to be a conflict with Google+?
I think this is why: They had a mandate from the top to cut services. This was publicized. This is notoriously difficult to do because the user bases scream loudly, and you get lots of negative publicity, but you need the people for other projects. So they had a rule a certain number of people from previous projects had to be assigned to new ones. They picked Reader probably because few people inside Google used it. It's something news people use.
The RSS Readers that I have used, prominently featured an link back to the story on the originating website. This seems to be currently missing from Medium.
What's wrong with Feedly? I switched from Reader to Feedly and never looked back.
No one said there's anything wrong with Feedly. It isn't even mentioned in this piece. What are you reacting to?