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google reader watcherFirefox extension Google Reader Watcher adds notifications for unread items right in your web browser, complete with a quick-access menu that takes you directly to the feed.

Once you've installed the extension, you'll need to take a trip to the add-on options panel to enter your Google account information, where you can also filter by label, force a secure connection, or choose whether or not to open Google Reader in a new tab. Hovering your mouse over the status bar will show a tooltip with the updated feeds, but right-clicking on the icon will bring up a menu that you can use to drill down directly into that feed in Reader—very useful for those of us with a massive number of feed items.

Google Reader Watcher is a free download, works anywhere Firefox does, and is a good replacement for the previously mentioned Google Reader Notifier for Firefox, which has since been turned into malware by a greedy extension developer. If you'd rather have your RSS notifications outside of your browser, you can check out the Google Reader Notifier for Windows.

[via http://lifehacker.com]