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Amidst a user backlash regarding changes to its Reader application, Google on Wednesday made slight adjustments to the service to enable more control over sharing capabilities.

Reader users can now separate shared newsfeeds into categories that are only accessible to friends if that user sends them a direct link.

Google Reader aggregates selected news feeds in a central location, and allows users to share entries via a public Web site with the click of the mouse. Until recently, users had to send their friends the exact URL to that Web site if they wanted them to view selected feeds. On Dec. 14, however, Google announced that it would integrate users’ shared feeds with everyone on their Gmail chat lists.

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