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After several months of rumors, the HTC First emerged as the closest thing there is to a Facebook phone, only it doesn't appear long for this world. The fellas over at Boy Genius Report claim to have it on good authority that AT&T has already decided to flush the First from inventory and discontinue the short-lived experiment, though the writing was on the wall before today. Not even a full week ago, AT&T slashed the price of the HTC First from $100 down to $1 (subsidized with a two-year service agreement, of course), essentially giving it away to anybody who wanted one and was willing... Read more...
For many users, smartphones are tools that are more about the software and user experience than the hardware. Of course, you still need adequate hardware and smooth performance to ensure a good experience, but beyond that, there are plenty of users who are attracted more to software and easy-to-use features than anything else. As the first phone to ship with Facebook Home preinstalled, the new HTC First is hoping to attract customers who care most about the Facebook experience on their phones. Facebook Home is deeply integrated with Android and offers notifications, status updates, photos, messages,... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters to announce Home, which as expected is not a new piece of hardware nor a completely new operating system, but a deep Facebook integration with Android that goes beyond what an app can do. Zuck put it in a nutshell by saying that instead of phones being designed around apps, Facebook wanted to design around people. More to the point, Home is designed to make communicating and Facebooking easier to do. The first main feature is the Cover feed, which functions as both a lock screen and a home screen. Your lock screen has sliding... Read more...
If the world came to end tomorrow because of a nuclear war, all that would remain are cockroaches and Facebook phone rumors. Lighting up more speculation on the latter, Facebook has started inviting members of the press to an event at its headquarters on April 4. It's headlined, "Come See Our New Home On Android." That doesn't necessarily mean a smartphone is in the works -- especially after Mark Zuckerberg recently went on record saying he has no interest in building such a device -- but according to TechCrunch's un-named sources, that's going to be the big reveal. Well, sort of. The sources say... Read more...
After having its Google+ profile removed for community standards violations, hacker collective Anonymous has decided to try the social networking thing for itself. The site, currently running under the temporary name of AnonPlus, is only a splash page at this point, with a message explaining the intent and goals of the site. Primarily, Anonymous wants a site where there will be no fear of "censorship," "blackout," or "holding back." They also mention that the site will be open to anyone that wants to join and not just to members of Anonymous. "This project is not overnight and will take many of... Read more...
Well, these aren't quite "Facebook phones," but the rumors were at least somewhat true. HTC was indeed working on a Facebook-centric phone (two, actually), and while these do a lot more than just check and update statuses, there's no question that social networking comes first on the ChaCha and Salsa. The Latin-inspired phones are designed to be featurephones with some sophisticated features usually reserved for smartphones. But clearly, the target market here are teens who are simply obsessed with checking their profiles. These two were also launched at Mobile World Congress, and the highlight... Read more...
And people wonder why making money in the stock market is a crap shoot. A hedge fund will open in February that uses "Twitter sentiment" to predict the stock market. The British hedge fund is named Derwent Absolute Return. Its founders say they have an algorithm that can analyze sentiments on Twitter. Here's how its described: The Derwent Absolute Return Fund Ltd., set to start trading in February with an initial 25 million pounds ($39 million) under management, will follow posts on the social-networking website. A trading model will highlight when the number of times words on Twitter such as “calm”... Read more...
It seems we can't go a month without talking about privacy concerns surrounding one of today's popular social networking sites. Whether it's a new Facebook setting or other security breach, keeping one's private information private isn't always easy. A recent poll by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion claims that half of all US residents who use a social-networking site are concerned about privacy. Of this group, close to half describe themselves as very concerned. As one might expect, fears concerning privacy increased as the age of survey respondents went up: only 43 percent of respondents... Read more...
So as not to give companies more excuses to kick employees to the curb in this tough economy, we've warned before about watching what you post to your social networking site. After all, MySpace photos have gotten an Oregon mayor recalled, and now a Facebook post about how boring her job was has gotten Kimberley Swann of Clacton on Sea in England fired from her job at Ivell Marketing and Logistics Limited. Kimberley Swann, 16, came home one day and typical of a 16-year-old, posted what she later called a "throw-away comment" on Facebook. Thing is, while that's what she told the BBC, there was more... Read more...
Just about everybody has heard some sort of interesting search-related fact that has to do with pornography on the Internet.  First it was that searches for Jesus Christ came up with less results than the word porn on Google.  Then it became a big deal to be 'bigger than porn' when it came to Google hits.But the number of search results doesn't accurately depict the number of searches on a subject, just the volume of related material.  So who's 'bigger than porn' this week?  According to Hitwise it's none other than Facebook, at least with one of its key demographics:"Perhaps... Read more...