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Facebook tackles top Paper requests in update to iOS app

Those using Facebook Paper on their iPhones are getting a drastically different Facebook experience from everyone else - and it just got better.

Facebook Paper update 1.1 just hit the app store, bringing what Facebook said in a Paper blog post are the most requested features.

The update adds birthday and events notifications to Paper - users with the latest version can scroll past their notifications to see them.

In addition Facebook Paper users can now leave their own photos as comments on friends' posts.

More Paper improvements

Facebook Paper's support for Facebook groups has improved as well, with unread counts so users can see which of their groups have new posts.

The update also includes improvements to accessibility support, new indications for unread stories, and reliability and speed improvements overall.

And Facebook commissioned designer Sharon Hwang to design new covers for articles from Bloomberg News, Mashable, FT, kottke, Fox News, Popular Science, The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair and Hacker News.

Work ahead

Ten weeks after Facebook Paper's launch the social network says users read an average of 80 stories every day across five or six different sections, the most popular being Facebook, Headlines, Tech, Ideas, LOL, and Pop Life.

Facebook says more niche sections like Pride are popular as well.

"10 weeks have passed since we launched Paper and we want to thank you for being part of our community," the Facebook Paper team wrote in the blog post. "Our vision is to make Paper the best way to experience stories from friends and the world on Facebook.

"We know we have work ahead of us—and that's why we appreciate your feedback and support."

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