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February 3, 2014, 3:55 PM

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Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Facebook declines to change name of Paper news app at the request of FiftyThree, maker of iPad drawing app Paper  —  Makers of Paper App Ask Facebook to Change Its New App Name  —  If you go to Google and type in the word “paper,” the top result doesn't have anything to do with traditional pulpy vellum.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Paper Now Available For iOS In The US, And It Could Be A Facebook Replacement  —  Facebook's new standalone app Paper is now available for download on iOS to everyone in the US, and it's more than just a content reader.  Paper has messages, notifications, search, and a completely redesigned profile.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
This just in: Paper is the best Facebook app ever  —  With 1.25 billion users, can Facebook still think small?  —  After a long succession of mobile mishaps, he has delivered the portable Facebook app I've always wanted... and there's hardly any evidence that Paper is a Facebook product.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaks on the web ahead of its March release  —  Microsoft's first update to Windows 8.1 has leaked today on various file sharing websites ahead of its March debut.  The early build includes a number of changes that Microsoft is making to improve the keyboard and mouse experience in Windows 8.1.
New York Times:
As device makers strive to improve battery and charging tech, Apple tests inductive charging for its watch  —  Building a Better Battery  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The next breakthrough smartphone, or maybe the one after that, might not have a traditional battery as its sole source of power.
Scott Knaster / Google Developers Blog:
Ready to cast: Chromecast now open to developers with the Google Cast SDK  —  Back in July we announced the developer preview of the Google Cast Software Development Kit (SDK), the underlying Chromecast technology that enables multi-screen experiences across mobile devices (phones, tablet, laptops) and large-screen displays.
Travis Skare / Google Chrome Blog:
Google Now notifications arrive in Chrome beta for Mac, Windows, and Chromebook computers  —  Get notifications from Google Now in Chrome  —  Your friend Steve's flight from New York is delayed by an hour.  Your favorite soccer team is up by one point with two minutes left.  Your Chromecast has just shipped.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Pebble app store launches on iOS, Android version due ‘very soon’  —  The Pebble app store is here.  Pebble has released a major update for its iOS app that includes the store, which offers 1000 apps and watchfaces at launch.  But convenience is more important than any one number …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Apple Celebrates 30th Anniversary of the Mac With Movie Shot on iPhones  —  To mark the 30th anniversary of the Mac, Apple gave its store workers special T-shirts, changed its home page and granted ABC News an interview with CEO Tim Cook.  —  But its biggest anniversary project was one done in secret.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Hashtags in 57% of Super Bowl ads; Facebook led social networks with 5 mentions to Twitter's 4  —  New Record For 2014: Hashtags Mentioned In 58% Of Super Bowl Ads … Hashtags were in 58 percent of Super Bowl ads, up from 50% in 2013 and setting a new record.

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