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February 5, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
One day before its 10th anniversary, Facebook released Paper, an app that gives iPhone users a new way to see the content their friends post on the social network. Paper is laid out like a magazine, with numerous sections for users to turn to. The first section includes posts from users' friends and the pages they follow -- it's essentially a new take on the News Feed. Users can customize the Paper app to add whichever sections they want. The available options range from top headlines, tech and sports to Pride, a section about gay rights.
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BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - If you want to get a glimpse of Facebook's future, download Paper, the social network's new mobile news reader. The app for the iPhone is part of what Facebook says is its big push to deliver "the best personalized newspaper in the world. " But it's more than just an app for reading news. It's Facebook reimagined for the smaller screen. Paper doesn't just help users discover news on dozens of topics. It can also be used by users to browse their News Feed, get messages and notifications and search Facebook.
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February 4, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
Happy birthday, Facebook. You're turning 10 today, but I still remember when you were just a baby. When I could only be a part of the site with my .edu email address - and I couldn't even connect with my friends back home because their colleges didn't have access yet. Remember when you made all our status updates start with “is”? Oh, and that time you had “the” in your name. Everyone balked pretty much every time you changed your look, but most of us stayed despite our threats to go. Now so much has changed, my father is in the habit of “dadding up” my Facebook wall by liking and commenting on almost everything I post.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook turned 10 Tuesday, and it's letting users get in on its birthday celebration with a new feature that creates personalized videos highlighting users' top content over the years. The feature is called "Look Back" and can be accessed when users go to facebook.com/lookback . That link takes users to a video created from their history on the social network. The personal movie starts by recounting when users joined with one of their first profile pictures. It continues by showing users their "first moments," meaning some of their popular early posts, followed by their most liked posts, including pictures and status updates.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his social network early Tuesday to look back on how his company came to be so successful. Zuckerberg, who launched the company when he was just a 19-year-old student at Harvard, said he never imagined that Facebook would be what it is now. There was a need to connect the world through one service, he said, and he and his company cared deeply about doing that. "When I reflect on the last 10 years, one question I ask myself is: Why were we the ones to build this?
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- No pressure, Twitter. Fair or not, Facebook's blockbuster earnings last week has investors anticipating very good things from its social networking rival. Twitter on Wednesday will report its first quarterly results as a publicly traded company, giving investors a first glimpse of its progress in growing advertising revenue and its user ranks. Twitter shares have been on a tear since the company made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange in November. Shares have surged to their current trading price of $66 from $26. They jumped again at the end of last week after Facebook reported its fourth-quarter earnings on hopes that Twitter can pull a rabbit out of its advertising business the way Facebook has for three straight quarters.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery for some. But not for FiftyThree, the maker of a popular app called Paper. The startup is spitting mad that Facebook on Monday rolled out a new app also called Paper. Facebook should get, well, more creative with the name of its new mobile news app, Georg Petschnigg, chief executive and co-founder of FiftyThree, said in an interview. His company's iPad app is all about the human need to create, he said. The drawing app lets tens of millions of people share their ideas all over the Web -- and on Facebook.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook's stock soared to a record high of $62.50 in midday trading Thursday, lifted by a wildly better-than-expected fourth-quarter showing, especially when it comes to clocking mobile advertising revenue. The giant social network, which turns 10 next week, said Wednesday that for the first time, more than half of its ad revenue came from mobile. And, at the end of 2013, more than three quarters of Facebook's 1.23 billion users logged in using their mobile devices at least once a month.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook on Thursday unveiled Paper, an upcoming iPhone app that offers users a new way to view stories posted by their friends and the pages they follow. Paper is essentially a personalized-magazine app that lets users add or delete sections based on topics that interest them. The first section in Paper is content drawn from users' Facebook News Feeds. Unlike on the Facebook app or website, News Feed posts displayed in the Paper app appear in an uncluttered, aesthetically pleasing, full-screen design that's free of advertisements -- for now. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 Besides viewing content in a new way, Paper also allows users to post directly to Facebook.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- With a little help from its billion or so friends, Facebook seems to have cracked the code on how to turn the world's largest social network into a moneymaking machine. The giant social network which began as a project in Mark Zuckerberg's dorm room keeps growing steadily and profitably by peddling ads to its users all over the planet, whether they log in from desktops or increasingly from mobile devices. In the process, it has won over once skeptical investors by releasing a string of impressive quarterly reports, the latest on Wednesday.
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