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January 30, 2014, 4:25 PM

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Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Paper, Facebook's new app for browsing and creating stories, will launch Feb. 3 for US iPhones  —  Meet “Paper,” Facebook's New Answer For Browsing — and Creating — Mobile Media  —  Facebook wants to be a newspaper.  And it wants you to be writing some of its best stories.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
With Paper, Facebook just blew its own iPhone app out of the water  —  This morning, Facebook is announcing a new standalone iPhone app called Paper.  Contrary to earlier rumors, it's much more than just a news reading app — it's a complete reimagining of Facebook itself.
Businessweek:
Facebook Turns 10: The Mark Zuckerberg Interview  —  Mark Zuckerberg doesn't usually observe sentimental anniversaries.  This year he's confronted by three of them.  On Feb. 4, Facebook (FB), the company he co-founded in a Harvard University dorm, turns 10 years old.  The prodigy himself turns 30 in May.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple aggressively pushing to take Arizona sapphire plant live in February for ‘critical’ product component  —  In November of last year, Apple announced that it would be opening up a new manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona.  Since that time, little information has come out about the plant except …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
SwiftKey gets its predictive keyboard onto iOS, with a little help from Evernote  —  The popular Android keyboard arrives on iPhone and iPad  —  Three and a half years after launching on Android, SwiftKey's popular predictive-software keyboard has finally come to iOS. iPhone and iPad users …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
PayPal Wants Role in Apple's Mobile Payments Dreams  —  Apple may finally appear serious about facilitating the purchase of physical products in retail stores through its devices — and that has gotten the attention of at least one potential major competitor.
Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
Mint integrates with Coinbase, so you can track Bitcoin with the rest of your finances  —  The wild ride of Bitcoin's value is slowing down, and we are beginning to see the effects of that stability.  —  Personal finance app Mint is integrating with Bitcoin wallet service Coinbase …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
The PC may be dying, but tablet growth is slowing as consumer saturation sets in  —  Summary: If you thought the tablet was the savior to the ailing PC market, we may need a better alternative if the latest tablet growth forecasts are to be believed.  —  Zack Whittaker
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Former Hulu Head Jason Kilar's Stealth Startup Pitches Magazine Publishers  —  Jason Kilar made a big splash in Web video and TV when he ran Hulu.  —  Now he's trying do the same thing with Web publishing and magazines.  —  Kilar has yet to talk publicly about The Fremont Project, the startup he began staffing up last fall.
Signe Brewster / Gigaom:
IBM researchers just built the best graphene-based circuit yet: it sends text messages  —  IBM researchers have created a graphene-based circuit that they say performs 10,000 times better than existing options; It was reliable enough that they used it to send and receive a text message.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Nintendo plans non-wearable health products, still has no interest in smartphone gaming  —  Nintendo has again confirmed today that it won't introduce its games to smartphones and tablets, however, company President Satoru Iwata did reveal plans to introduce non-wearable technology that monitors users' health.
David Kravets / Wired:
Obama Stays Silent on Reform of NSA's Crypto Subversion  —  President Barack Obama in his State of the Union on Tuesday failed to address an issue that affects everyone on the internet — the NSA's subversion of cryptographic standards and technologies.  —  Privacy advocates and business interests …
Tom Krazit / Gigaom:
With Motorola sale and Samsung peace, Google finds practical exit to an unconventional (and expensive) deal  —  In the nearly ten years Google has been a public company, it has been defined by a curious mixture of ambition, futurism, and unpredictability.  This week, Google showed that it also knows when to move on.
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