Google has unveiled a beta version of its up and coming Google Reader, a web-based RSS reader. Similar in nature to the online service offered by NewsGator, the Reader will allow users to subscribe to RSS feeds and to receive update notifications. Users can also do targeted searches based on news sources or topics.

"We often get asked how anyone is supposed to keep up with the firehose of stuff launched from the web's spigot, so we're offering Reader as a way to help," said Chris Wetherell, software engineer for the Google Reader.