This decision isn’t happy news, especially in the same week that Google announces the impending shutdown of Reader. However, at least Adobe provided some solid guidance in recommending BrowserStack and Sauce Labs to Browser Lab’s (now former) users.
I’m not sure why large companies simply decide to shut down these service rather than selling them. Somehow others are making money from browser simulators and RSS readers, probably by charging for them.
Recent shutdowns of free services, or the morphing of platforms like Twitter into a ad-fueled platform for celebrity promotion, will hopefully help the Internet to mature into a place where consumers realize that they get what they pay for.