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Facebook Home now available for download

Launcher brings your friends' posts to you quicker (and prettier) than ever OK, boys and girls. Now's the time to see what all the fuss is about over this Facebook Home thing. As promised, it's now available in the United States, for free, from the Google Play Store. (It's actually still...
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Chat heads go live on Facebook Messenger as we await Facebook Home

Facebook app also updated to prep for Facebook Home's launch today Facebook this morning has rolled out an update to its Facebook Messenger app -- and "chat heads" are now live! These are the little persistent notifications that you get when someone messages you. Tap it to open and reply. You...
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HTC First with Facebook Home now available on AT&T

$99.99 on-contract or $449.99 up-front, available in black, white, red or pale blue A little over a week after its announcement at Facebook HQ, the HTC First is available to buy from AT&T. The Facebook Home-equipped handset puts the social network front and center, with Facebook's new...
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Facebook Home and the HTC First - what you need to know

You've got questions about Facebook Home - we've got answers Friday's the big day, folks. The day the new Facebook Home application and the new HTC First smartphone arrive. Or, maybe it's just Friday. That all depends on your point of view toward Facebook, your phone and this whole social...
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Facebook Home cobbled together from leaked ROM

'Chat heads' feature missing from this developer build; full official app available for free on Friday MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien has thrown together a trio of files with which you can get a half-working version of Facebook Home onto your phone -- five days before it'll be available to everyone as a...
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From the Editor's Desk: A few answers from (and more questions for) Facebook

I still don't know what to think about Facebook. I should probably have a better answer than that. After all, we're supposed to go to an event for a couple hours, play with some new stuff -- in this case Facebook Home and the "Facebook phone," aka the HTC First -- and have all the answers,...
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Facebook shows us what life can be like with Facebook Home front and center

You'll never be lonely when all your friends are just a tap away, but Facebook thinks you'll have more fun when they are right up front A long plane ride is a pretty boring thing. Sure, you could get out your laptop and work, or keep handing over your plastic for those tiny bottles of...
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Facebook addresses privacy concerns over Facebook Home

Facebook answers important user privacy questions. Read them before you install or buy anything. A lot of folks have serious privacy concerns about Facebook's new Home application. Questions about location gathering, message reading, and the general "safeness" of Facebook tracking what you do on...
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Being 'First' may be a bad thing for HTC

The HTC First is the second big-name phone in just weeks for a company struggling to sell a single message​ First, there was the HTC One. Now, second, if you will -- secondarily, perhaps -- there is the HTC First. In our little blogging world here, cries of "First!" are all too common among...
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Facebook partners with Qualcomm for Home optimization

Facebook Home will see better performance and battery life with Qualcomm processors Facebook has announced an official partnership with chip maker Qualcomm, the result of which will optimize Facebook Home apps on devices that come with Qualcomm processors. Facebook's first official phone, the...
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Of course you'll put up with ads in your Facebook Home

It was a simple, direct question asked more than once today at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park in Silicon Valley. There are ads on Facebook. Will there be ads in Facebook Home, the new Android home screen replacement (along with its snazzy if underwhelming new phone) that'll be available starting next...
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This week's sidebar poll: Will you try out Facebook Home?

Now that the cat is out of the bag and we know all about Facebook Home, it's time to find out just who will give it a try A whole lot of people use Facebook. Zuck spent a couple minutes today to make sure we all knew that, and just how much time is spent doing it -- about 25-percent of...
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Hands-on with the 'HTC First'

A couple quick thoughts on the "HTC First," aka the first Facebook phone. First off, the hardware most definitely isn't the most important part of this phone. If you're the kind of nerd who lives for specs -- the speeds and feeds crowd -- head elsewhere. In fact, there was very little talk at...
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HTC First video walkthrough

We're live at Facebook HQ, where the company's just announced Facebook Home and the aptly-named HTC First -- the first handset to run Facebook's new software suite. Before we dig into our full hands-on preview, there's just time to  take a look at the hardware and software in our video walkthrough...
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HTC First an EE exclusive in the UK

Facebook Home-powered phone will be exclusive to the UK's first 4G network British mobile network EE has announced that it'll exclusively carry the new HTC First in the UK. The first handset to run the new Facebook Home suite out of the box, the HTC First also packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU...
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Facebook Home coming to Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean only

Gingerbread users out of luck in getting Facebook Home on their devices Facebook Home -- the new app suite announced today by Mark Zuckerberg at the 'Facebook's New Home on Android' event -- has been confirmed in an after-event Q&A session to be compatible only with devices running Ice Cream...
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Facebook Home Program partners - HTC, Samsung, Sony, Huawei and others

Carriers, manufacturers and a chipmaker partner with Facebook At today's press conference at its California HQ, Facebook announced that many of the mobile world's big names are already on-board with its Facebook Home Program, aimed to bring the social network's new "Home" suite of apps to phone...
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Facebook Home event replay now available

The live stream for the Facebook Home event has wrapped up, but the replay is available for those of you that want to really know the ins and outs, but missed the show the first time around. The short version is, Facebook is making a launcher that has a bunch of in-depth customizations for...
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Facebook Home video shows Chat Heads and Cover Feed in action

Alongside the big Facebook Home announcement today was a short and sweet video which ran through what these new Android apps were all about. Sure, the video is mostly about invoking all the feels for social networking, but we do get to see Chat Heads, Cover Feed and notifications in action. It...

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