Facebook Unveils News Creation and Curation App 'Paper'

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    Facebook today announced Paper, a news creation and curation tool that ties into a user's Facebook account. The app is the first product to come out of Facebook Creative Labs, a division within Facebook made of small teams who are dedicated to startup-style projects.

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    Paper is split into a news reader that pulls its content from both a user's Facebook News Feed and from well-known online publications, featuring a magazine-style layout with sections that range from technology news to animals. Facebook will also reportedly assign a team of editors to curate the best and most popular online content for users, and a composition tool that allows users to create their own status updates rich with media will be available as well.

    Speaking to Re/code, Mike Matas, product design lead for Paper, explained why the company moved beyond a visual newsreader like Flipboard [Direct Link] and created both a news reading and creating tool.
    Paper by Facebook will be available from the iOS App Store in the US starting February 3rd, with international availability to be determined. A visual walkthrough of the app is available on Facebook's website.

    Article Link: Facebook Unveils News Creation and Curation App 'Paper'
     
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    Paper?

    Wonder what FiftyThree thinks of the name of FB's new app ...
     
  3. macrumors 68000

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    Gorgeous. For many peoples' use cases, though, it's essentially a retooled Twitter stream.
     
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    And of course, only available state side. What do you folks have against Canadians? We're nice...
     
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    Why would they give the app the same name as an existing and very successful app? Seems daft to me.
     
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    Another data mining app

    Just another gimmick to diminish individual privacy. Move on.
     
  7. mabhatter, Jan 30, 2014
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    They'll write a strongly worded letter to the Internets! Right before Facebook sues THEM to change THEIR name.

    You'd think Apple would police App Names... But I guess the App isn't RELEASED yet. If its using pretty page layouts, why not call it "Pages".. That's what they are, not "Paper".
     
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    This might actually help FiftyThree.
     
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    This looks quite cool, look forward to trying it out when it comes to the European markets.

    With regards to the name...(I know this is not exactly the same case) but perhaps they will do something along the lines of the Facebook Page Manger App that appears as Pages• (same name as the iWork app) on the phone itself.

    Or it may have a little tag line 'by Facebook' or something to avoid confusion.
     
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    Ignorant people like you annoy me.
    Facebook seems really unpopular on MacRumors...
     
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    FB's highly-produced video failed to show how advertisements will be injected into your Paper stream.
     
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    I hear that the rest of the world ain't bad either... :p
     
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    I think it actually looks pretty cool. Though I'm quite perplexed by the name as there is a well known app called Paper that already exists.
     
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    im not seeing how its so different from flipboard. i use neither twitter or facebook so i have no idea how their feeds appear in flipboard but to me seemed rather flipboard like and modernized with the way video and high res pics are displayed.

    matas is a smart cookie and former apple employee although much of his work is not so visible anymore
     
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    since there is more than one app named paper already (probably why 53's is called Paper by Fifty Three) what can they say?
     
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    I am sure Flipboard is a little scared right now.
     
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    Absolutely, but I wouldn't dream of speaking for anyone else. :D
     
  19. sully54, Jan 30, 2014
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    The thing is, I no longer get any meaningful news from Facebook. My newsfeed is full of useless and crappy like magnets. They need to fix this first, or the fact that many people like me have started weaning ourselves from regular Facebook usage, before they start even considering an app of this nature.

    The only redeeming feature of this app is the curated content. But even that remains to be seen.

    And btw, Facebook, the name "Paper" is already taken.

    Here's a good video of the problem with Facebook: http://youtu.be/l9ZqXlHl65g
     
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    Yeah, even Facebook realizes the social media content universe is fragmenting. Too bad FB has rightfully lost the trust of its users. If FB can make this gain traction I will be surprised. Smaller, focused mobile based sharing apps run by people who respect their users is the future...this only confirms that.
     
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    What is the deal w tiles lately. To me it takes more time to get what you want using them.
     
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    Two words: Justin Bieber
     
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    Now now, that little dimwit is an unarguable blight on the country and cannot be used to class all Canadians. I can think of a NUMBER of examples from down south that I wont mention. However, I choose to believe the vast majority of Americans are quite wonderful. :p
     
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    Welcome to FB Home 2.0

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    Lmao. Point taken. :p
     
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    correct me if i'm wrong but the app store will not allow duplicate names. therefore the app must be called 'Facebook paper' or something along those lines.
     

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