Facebook's new story curation application for the iPhone is called Paper. It pulls in stories, photos and other content and delivers it in a photo-emphasized format, somewhat like the popular Flipboard app. The company has created partnerships with several journalism firms for content and will soon hire editors to curate particular categories. Lance Ulanoff of Mashable notes that, even though Paper is a content application, Facebook does not want to be known as a media company. Josh Constine from TechCrunch says the app permits Facebook to act a little more like a startup than a legacy firm. The Daily Mail thinks paper will cannabalize Facebook itself, while The Verge says at the very least the Facebook app has been bested by the company.
The United States has expressed deep concern about press freedom in China after the country forced a New York Times reporter to leave. Reporter Austin Ramzay indicated he has been asked to leave the country. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the move is inconsistent with principles of press freedom and incongruent with American treatment of Chinese journalists.
The results are in, and FOX News is the most trusted media source in America. And the least trusted. The Public Policy Polling firm found that 35% of Americans trusted FOX News more than any other source and 33% said it was the least trusted source. Among Republicans, FOX polled a 69-per-cent approval. Among Democrats, PBS had a slight edge (21%) over CNN and ABC (18% each). Overall, though, of the eight sources studied, only one was consistently trusted among Republicans and Democrats: PBS, with a 57-per-cent trust level.