Facebook's 'Paper' Now Available for Download Despite Protests From FiftyThree

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    First announced last week, Facebook's new news creation and curation tool, Paper, is now available for download in the United States.

    Paper is a news reader that obtains content from a user's Facebook News Feed and from well-known online news sites and publications. Like competing apps such as Flipboard and Zite, Paper features a magazine-style layout with individual section categories for content.

    Designed to replace the traditional Facebook News Feed, stories within Paper are card-based and can be flipped through by swiping. Content like status updates from friends appears alongside news stories and photos in a simple layout aimed at enhancing readability.

    Though newly introduced, Facebook's Paper app shares its name with the popular Paper sketching app from FiftyThree, which has been available in the App Store since 2012.

    Earlier today, FiftyThree published an open letter on its website, noting its surprise with Facebook's naming choice. The company asks Facebook to stop using its brand name and to "build a brand name of their own." According to FiftyThree co-founder Georg Petschnigg, who spoke to The New York Times, Facebook has thus far opted to continue with the app launch.
    "Paper by FiftyThree" is trademarked in the United States and in several additional countries, which could lead to a legal standoff between FiftyThree and Facebook in the future.

    Paper by Facebook can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Facebook's 'Paper' Now Available for Download Despite Protests From FiftyThree
  2. ayale99 macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2007
    Facebook Pages....because the NSA would like a little more info on which news outlets you prefer to read.
  3. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Typical dick move from Zuck & Co. They should have known better and it's obvious there's an app out there that exists by this name already.

    I hope this project will fail harder than the Facebook phone. I just don't see how anyone would replace the regular Facebook app with this.

    Also, get rid of other useless apps like Facebook messenger, as the features are kind of already in the app.

    Other failed Facebook projects:
    -Facebook Camera
    -HTC Status
    -HTC first
    -Integrated Google (what happened to this idea)
    -Facebook Hashtags

    Need I say more?
  4. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    Don't worry, NSA doesn't have to wait for you to use Paper..They already have everything on you..

    Paper is still not available in Germany...I hope this app is really better than the standard Facebook app, which just sucks...
  5. Redbeard25 macrumors regular


    Oct 4, 2003
    And, like every other new app, you can't find it in the app store search. #appstorefail
  6. joeshmo2010 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    This app is dope. Definitely taking over my use of pulse for news articles. Nice job fb
  7. NotAdvisable macrumors regular


    Nov 16, 2011
    Perth, Australia
    Whoa whoa hang on a moment there; since when is ChatHeads a failed Facebook project?
    Sure it isn't as good on my iPhone (for obvious reasons) but it's great on my backup Android.

    It's only coming to the USA, which sucks :/
  8. insimbi macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2008
  9. Munkypoo7 macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2011
    Miami, FL
    Don't get me wrong, I can see why FiftyThree would be unhappy about Facebook's name choice but he does not own the word paper.

    Granted, I know Candy Crush and that whole "candy" debacle is ongoing but still. One single person can't own a word like that. It sets one hell of a standard.

    Edit to help:
    Link :)
  10. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    Well, if that doesn't just sum up Facebook entirely. So succinct, too!
  11. insimbi macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2008
  12. the8thark macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    And facebook will win. Not be being right. But by making the legal fees so large 53 can't afford them and they'll have to pull out. It would be nice if trademarks are actually worth something (ie facebook be stopped from breaking the law) but who knows if this liw will even be enforced as it should be.
  13. insimbi macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2008
  14. rockosmodurnlif macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2007
    New York, NY
    Search for "Paper" in App Store on iPhone, first result: Paper Toss 2.0
  15. mcfly88 macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2012
  16. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    It's not owning a word, it's trademarking within a specific context, which is exactly how trademarks work.

    Their trademark doesn't stop any other use of the word, including other product categories. You could use the name Paper for a soft drink, a laundry detergent, a car, whatever...as long as it's not an app. And enforcing it wouldn't set any sort of a precedent, have you not noticed that although they don't own the word, you can't sell a computer and call it "Apple"?

    But they likely don't have deep enough pockets to enforce it versus Facebook, they are in the right but even winning a lawsuit would cost way more than they can afford.
  17. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    Did you ever think that perhaps it doesn't show up in search because it was released 10 minutes ago?

    If you were to create a new webpage on your blog, when it doesn't show up in Google search results 10 minutes later is it a "google fail"?
  18. Dades macrumors member


    May 24, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    It looks great.

    Though personally I prefer my news presented a bit more "missionary position". Less swiping and gymnastics and more scroll and tap.
  19. super tomtendo macrumors 6502a

    super tomtendo

    Aug 29, 2009
    The app is crap and lasted 3 mins on my phone. No sense of order of what's recent. Also, you see a lot less information on the screen than the current Facebook App. IMO, this app will not succeed. The only positive thing from this app is that it wasn't forced on us with an update to the current app.
  20. BadLTD macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2013
    Second this also. That's why I deleted my Facebook. Can I use this without having a FB account?
  21. emorog macrumors newbie


    Feb 29, 2008
    There are at least TWO other apps named Paper on the US Store already. So FiftyThree doesn't have much to stand on here. You cannot selectively decide to start enforcing a claim on a mark. And it doesn't look like they registered "paper" by itself anyhow.

    Maybe not the best name for it, as i cannot find either the FB or the 53 brand Paper in the app store. I can find these:
    Paper - by Contradictory
    Paper - by MiSoft
    Papers - by mekentosj.com
  22. xionxiox macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2010
  23. NotAdvisable macrumors regular


    Nov 16, 2011
    Perth, Australia
    Honestly FiftyThree's trademarks are actually for "Paper by FiftyThree" and not just generically "Paper". Legally Facebook are completely in their right to name it what they want to.
  24. seamer macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    53 trademarked "Paper" in relation to sketching. Facebook isn't sketching.
  25. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

    Nov 1, 2005
    Definitely wish this was available in the UK...maybe in the future.

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