It might be time to slide over that Facebook app on the homescreen of your smart phone to make room for another Facebook app.
Paper, a news-consumption app, will be released for the iPhone in the U.S. today. The idea is to present longer-form Facebook content in a more attractive, magazine-style way that will encourage users to linger over posts, stories and images. There will be no buttons to push. Instead, users will be able to flip through stories and other posts by tilting the phone in various ways and swiping with their fingers.
Paper will be the first release from Facebook creative labs, which is devoted exclusively to developing new mobile apps for the site.
Google is selling its Motorola smart phone business to Chinese PC maker Lenovo for $2.9 billion dollars. The deal includes Motorola smart phone brands like the Moto X, Moto G, and the Droid Ultra series. But, Google will retain ownership of most of its Motorola mobility patents. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval.
And, Amazon might be raising the price of its popular “Prime” service, a subscription service that includes free shipping for most purchases, and streaming video similar to Netflix. “Prime” costs about $80 a year, but Amazon says higher fuel and shipping costs could lead to a hike of $20 to $40 dollars per year.
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