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Facebook Readies “Paper,” a Flipboard-like Competitor for Possible January Launch

According to sources of Recode inside Facebook, the social network is almost set to launch a reader application, known as Paper. Paper, much like Flipboard, will be an aggregator, combining the web’s top stories, your friend’s status updates and paid advertisements, into a streamlined experience that you will want to read every morning; like a newspaper. 

The source states that this reader has been in the works for quite some time, and was actually intended to be shown off around the same time that Facebook released their News Feed back in March. What’s not exactly known for sure is whether Paper will be a standalone application or a web page that is optimized for mobile viewing. What is known is that the aesthetics of the app are said to be that of like a newspaper. Apparently, it’s supposed to remind us of a time when everyone read the newspaper for their daily news. As a young person, this disinterests me quite dearly, but I know there are some of you who preferred a more simple time in life.

As for release, the timeframe is set for January, although that could change at any time given Mark Zuckerberg’s direct oversight of the project. All projects go right through Mark, so if it doesn’t get his approval, we won’t see it.

Ready for your morning Paper?

Via: Recode
  • brkshr

    Why use another horribly programmed app that consumes battery, data and your personal info like the cookie monster?

  • Chris

    90s facebook?

    ok then

  • Intellectua1

    Actually believe it or not Facebook is an excellent source to keep up with the news.. It’s the main reason I could never delete my account (so instead I deleted all my friends and kept the account for the news) I couldn’t find a better place. I tried to use Google+ for the news but not enough sources.. I personally can’t wait to try this out..

    • Chris

      not enough interaction either and once you respond you get a never ending notifications of responses and “suggestions” of the people you interacted with to add them to your circles

      • Keg Man

        you can turn that off for each individual thread you comment on if you used the main page, but the app left this feature out.

    • Keg Man

      excellent source with the exception of ads. Why would you use their ad supported reader when there are tons for free without ads

      • michael arazan

        Flipboard suits all my needs, love that I can add all my favorite blogs and news sites to it for an all in one experience and I link it to my twitter instead of my personal email.

      • Intellectua1

        Ads where??

        • Keg Man

          the article said the facebook reader would have paid ads in it

  • Ray

    Here they are about to launch a new service, yet I still haven’t come across anyone using the new News Feed style/UI which was supposedly meant to be available ~12+ months ago.

    Does anyone actually take Facebook seriously any more or do we all just use it simply because that’s where most of our friends post their ramblings?

    • Michael

      They actually decided to scrap it. They are back at the drawing board with the plan of using parts of it.

      • Ray

        Interesting. Thanks for the info.

      • Chris

        that was a good move.

        i have noticed they havn’t had too many major changes recently. Unlike years past. It seems we’ve had this same design for a while now

    • michael arazan

      I left FB in 2010 and never looked back, all their crap of hidden tracking cookies and ownership of everything you post wasn’t worth it enough for the ramblings of friends of friends.

  • Droid Ronin

    Why use this when Flipboard already gives you all your news and updates not only from Facebook, but also Twitter and LinkedIn?

    • Akashshr

      Well, imagine signing into your facebook, and getting the news on another interface…That will remove the noise of all your friends and their pictures and focus on actual news.
      I am sure they will let you sign up to new news sources, that will automatically get you subscribed on your facebook as well!

  • Ryan

    Time to buy Facebook stock then sell at the end of the day its launched. quick cash.

    • John Legere

      I should have bought Google stock at 800. They are at 1149 now

      • Ryan

        I almost bought Netflix when it split its services. im kicking my butt now lol

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  • I think this could be a pretty big coup for facebook personally. I presently get a lot of my news via Twitter accounts associated for the website… This actually makes a lot of sense if I like those same news websites in facebook… it’ll clean up my twitter from all the news and keep it to just people and maybe help me sift through all the news faster.