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Facebook Project Spartan leaks; Unveil tipped Monday with iPad app

Facebook Project Spartan leaks; Unveil tipped Monday with iPad app

Facebook's HTML5 app push, codenamed Project Spartan, looks set to launch next week, with a Monday unveil for the mobile platform - and the iPad Facebook app - tipped. The scheduling, so TechCrunch's sources say, is designed to offer Facebook a fallback option if Apple decides not to share stage-space with the social network at the iPhone 5 launch on October 4. Meanwhile, a prematurely posted (and subsequently yanked) Facebook page seemingly documented exactly what Project Spartan will offer to users and developers.

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Facebook Project Spartan HTML5 drive to miss f8 tip insiders

Facebook Project Spartan HTML5 drive to miss f8 tip insiders

Facebook's Project Spartan will not make its debut at the social network's f8 conference, it's suggested, with the broad-reaching HTML5 venture instead expected to launch later in September or in early October. The slight delay from earlier rumors is down to Facebook's decision to extend Project Spartan to support the Android browser along with desktop browsers, TechCrunch reports, rather than solely the iOS browser on the iPhone and iPad as originally intended. Now, the project is expected to launch at a separate event a week or two following f8.

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Facebook Project Spartan leaks again: Google, not Apple, the key enemy?

Facebook Project Spartan leaks again: Google, not Apple, the key enemy?

Facebook's "awesome" announcement is set to be revealed in just a few hours time, but according to reports it won't be the so-called Project Spartan intended to take on Apple's iOS app dominance. In-browser Skype video calls are likely to be the big unveil this week, it's believed, with TechCrunch's sources suggesting the Spartan charge won't be made until sometime between July 15 (when Facebook is apparently pushing developers to be complete by) and August 1. However, those sources are also sharing some tidbits to further whet our appetites - and raise questions over just who Facebook's target really is, Apple or Google.

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Facebook’s Project Spartan: An HTML5 Trojan Horse for Apple

Facebook’s Project Spartan: An HTML5 Trojan Horse for Apple

Deep in the Facebook bunker, socially-networked software engineers are cackling evilly about the downfall of Apple's App Store. It's probably not quite like that in reality, but I find the somewhat dry world of tech often benefits from a dash of B-movie style melodrama. If ever anything deserved an ironic chuckle, though, it's the thought that the Cupertino-backed HTML5 could end up - at the hands of Facebook and their "Project Spartan" - presenting the biggest challenge to Apple's mobile software dominance to date. You have to ask yourself, does the world really need another app store, and why am I leaning toward saying yes?

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Facebook Project Spartan tipped to push browser-based apps to topple App Store

Facebook Project Spartan tipped to push browser-based apps to topple App Store

Facebook is reportedly looking to loosen Apple's grip on mobile app distribution - by creating software intended for iOS devices. However, rather than releasing software through the App Store, Facebook is supposedly readying "Project Spartan", a push for browser-based apps and services. According to TechCrunch's sources, Project Spartan will wrap Facebook social networking around HTML5 apps from big names like game developer Zynga and the Huffington Post, all in the browser.

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Facebook counts on App Center to solve mobile crisis

Facebook counts on App Center to solve mobile crisis

Facebook's new App Center could increase tensions between the site and Google and Apple, with Zuckerberg's desire for mobile stability forcing him to carve a niche in-between existing app store behaviors. Although long-standing rumors around Facebook's Project Spartan have painted it as an HTML5-centric landgrab against iOS and Android, the App Center we've seen revealed this week is more a middle-man between Facebook users and the current App Store and Play Market. Driving Facebook appears to be desperation, as mobile device use increases without a matching rise in monetization.

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HTC-made Facebook phones in Q3 insist insiders

HTC-made Facebook phones in Q3 insist insiders

Perennial rumors of a Facebook phone have reawakened, with industry sources claiming HTC is producing a device for the social network as a way of reestablishing industry heft after Samsung's rise in prominence. Unlike existing Facebook-enabled handsets, such as HTC's own ChaCha and Salsa, the new Facebook phone will "have a platform exclusive to Facebook" DigiTimes reports, and include all the functionality currently enjoyed on the desktop version.

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Facebook iPad app could star at iPhone 5 launch

Facebook iPad app could star at iPhone 5 launch

The iPad Facebook app has become the hostage of tense negotiations between Apple and the social network, reports claim, with arguments around licensing and strategy adding months of delays to the feature-complete software's release. The app - which leaked back in July - has hit headlines again after the lead developer, Jeff Verkoeyen, revealed his frustrations at Facebook constantly shifting the launch date, and how those frustrations were part of his motivation to jump ship to Google. However, there's now talk that Facebook will officially reveal the iPad app at Apple's iPhone 5 launch event, expected to take place on October 4.

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Watch Facebook’s f8 Welcome Keynote here [LIVE]

Watch Facebook’s f8 Welcome Keynote here [LIVE]

It's that time again, all you lovers of social media development, time for Facebook's big one-day event f8 (pronounced "fate"), where we get to see all manner of announcements pertaining to the social network, large and small. Below you'll be able to take part in the first Welcome keynote speech, while below you can check out what we expect to see from the conference as a whole. Chatter thus far (yes, we're chilling in the audience) is that Facebook is about to change the world and that Facebook is about to crush Twitter. Which goal is loftier?

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Adobe Edge HTML5 app could eat Flash from the inside

Adobe Edge HTML5 app could eat Flash from the inside

The latest Flash rival has arrived, and bizarrely it's from Adobe itself. The company has launched Adobe Edge, currently in pre-beta, blending HTML5, JavaScript, CSS and more to create online animations and interactive gadgets. Described as building on the HTML5 output already present in Creative Suite 5.5, Edge creates HTML5-based content that will work not only in desktop browsers but in mobile browsers such as those found on Apple's iOS-based iPhone and iPad.

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