The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Facebook has been tinkering with a forthcoming product in the works since the social network first went public a year ago.
As it turns out, a big part of Facebook's emergent "mobile first" strategy could involve trying to become a newspaper for mobile devices. Details procured by The Wall Street Journal indicate that the social network has been quietly working on a service known internally at the company as "Reader."
Reader displays content from Facebook users and publishers in a new visual format tailored for mobile devices, the report in Sunday's WSJ details.
The project... is designed to showcase news content in particular. Recent versions of Reader resemble Flipboard Inc., a smartphone and tablet app that aggregates stories from multiple sources and lets users swipe to flip through articles, said the people with knowledge of the project.