Last June, when Facebook introduced Video on Instagram, the buzz prior to the press event also focused on the possibility of the social network creating a news reader-type product, based on RSS feeds, to take advantage of the demise of Google Reader, and The Wall Street Journal reported later that month that Facebook was working on a mobile news reader that would enable users with mobile devices to see content from other Facebook users and publishers in a visual format created for their devices, referred to internally as Reader. Now, according to a report by Re/code, the social network will reveal a Flipboard-like news-reading service “in the coming weeks,” known as Paper, rather than Reader.
The big debate last week was over whether Facebook would announce a video-sharing feature for Instagram or some sort of RSS news reader. Video on Instagram was the winner, having been unveiled at a press event at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Thursday, but don’t bury the news reader just yet.
According to reports, Facebook has quietly hired Richard Williamson, who led the ill-fated Apple Maps effort and was fired last November, and Loren Brichter, designer of the original Twitter iPhone application and word-puzzle game Letterpress.