bill - 5:02 am on Sep 13, 2013 (gmt 0)
Very good catch engine!
I was actually doing a little maintenance on my Alerts earlier this week before the change. I noticed several of the alerts that pointed to Google Reader that were highlighted with warnings that the service was no longer available. I'm glad now that I didn't cull them all. They all now have Feed links instead of warnings, and I can add back into my feed readers.