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Facebook Paper expected to soon deliver news on mobile

The social network is reportedly weeks away from releasing a standalone social news reader for members on mobile devices.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to deliver your news.
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Facebook is getting ready to launch a digital newspaper of sorts, and it's appropriately named "Paper," according to Recode. Paper could be delivered before the end of January, the blog reported.

The application is said to be for mobile devices and is similar in nature to the popular social news reader Flipboard, meaning it will aggregate content from a variety of sources including status updates from Facebook and articles from partner media companies.

"We do not comment on rumors and speculation," a Facebook spokesperson told CNET.

The social network's ambitions to become a daily destination for your news-reading attention have been made plain to the world for some time. In 2013, the company made a number of changes to stress its connection to what's happening in the world right now. And, most recently, Facebook made a semi-controversial alteration to the formula behind News Feed to emphasize news articles over memes.

If real, Paper will need to offer the social network's members something more compelling than Flipboard and other incumbents in the digital news reading space, as well as an experience superior to the Facebook social readers of yore, which were delivered by third-party publishers, such as The Washington Post. Facebook has also proved itself a poor copycat, particularly evidenced by the failure of its Snapchat clone, Poke.