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Facebook pegged for 20 June product launch

15 Jun 2013
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Facebook has set plans for a June event, which will see the launch of a new product from the social networking giant.

The company has sent out invitations for an event at its Silicon Valley campus to take place on 20 June at 10am Pacific time. No further information was given on the nature of the release, though multiple reports have speculated that Facebook could be developing an RSS or news reader application.

The RSS reader market has seen something of a vacuum since Google pulled the plug on its Reader application, citing a lack of customer interest. Shortly after the company announced its decision to kill off the product, news aggregator site Digg unveiled a plan to build its own Reader application.

The release will also be the first major product announcement from Facebook since the company unveiled its Home application for Android. First believed to be a branded handset or mobile OS, Home was instead a 'skin' offering that ran on top of the regular Android system. Release of the product in the UK has been delayed by Facebook so the company can address quality issues in the mobile platform.

The invite also comes in the wake of a major green technology triumph from Facebook. The company on Thursday announced the official launch of its Swedish data centre facility. The warehouse runs entirely on low-power servers custom built by the company using its Open Compute Project hardware specifications.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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