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Google blocks non-Play Android updates in Facebook Home snub

Google blocks non-Play Android updates in Facebook Home snub

Google has quietly tweaked its Play store policies to prevent apps like Facebook Home from updating on Android devices without going through the official method. The change, which coincides with Facebook directly tweaking its social homescreen replacement rather than pushing out an update through the Google Play store, adds a new proviso which forbids any circuitous attempts to "modify, replace or update" code.

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Facebook Home installations eclipse 500,000 mark

Facebook Home installations eclipse 500,000 mark

The Facebook Home Android launcher has proven to reasonably popular during its first week of availability. So far, Home has been downloaded over 500,000 times via the Google Play store in a bit over week of availability. While hundreds of thousands of installations sounds good for Facebook, Home is still on shaky ground.

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Facebook Home hitting Jailbroken iPhones: Chat Heads first

Facebook Home hitting Jailbroken iPhones: Chat Heads first

Today it's been announced that those working with a Jailbroken iPhone out there in the wild may soon be able to work with the still limited-to-Android Facebook Home feature Chat Heads. While the newest version of Facebook for iOS does include an in-app iteration of the Chat Heads feature for messaging, the build announced today (by unofficial sources, of course), will allow Chat Heads to appear universally, just as it is with Android.

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Facebook reportedly hires former Apple manager Richard Williamson

Facebook reportedly hires former Apple manager Richard Williamson

Back in November, word surfaced that Apple's Richard Williamson was given the boot as part of a change in the Maps team. Now sources have again talked to Bloomberg, this time saying that Facebook has hired him as a manager with its mobile software group. The alleged hiring is said to have happened sometime in the "past couple of weeks." The info comes from two sources who are said to be familiar with the dealings.

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Facebook Home rumored for iPhone, probably won’t happen

Facebook Home rumored for iPhone, probably won’t happen

When Facebook announced its new Facebook Home launch screen alternative earlier this month, it was quite obvious why Android was the only mobile platform getting the new launcher -- it's openness provides Facebook to easily implement Home on various Android devices. However, it's rumored that Facebook is currently in talks with Apple to bring Facebook Home to iOS, but we're not sure if it'll be possible.

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Facebook Home is Facebook’s second chance at wowing the mobile industry

Facebook Home is Facebook’s second chance at wowing the mobile industry

Back in 2010, when the mobile industry was rapidly rising in innovation and technology, Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg decided to create a mobile app for its social networking service that could work universally on all mobile operating systems. At the time, it seemed like a great idea, however, it was "probably one of the biggest mistakes we've ever made," Zuckerberg tells CNN. Initially, Zuckerberg believed that standalone mobile apps was just a fad that would disappear, and that people would primarily just surf the web via their smartphones.

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New Facebook Home ad features Mark Zuckerberg and a screaming goat

New Facebook Home ad features Mark Zuckerberg and a screaming goat

Facebook has revealed its next TV ad for Facebook Home, and this time, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is featured in it. In the video, Zuckerberg is making an announcement about the launch of Facebook Home, and how the app centers around the people, not the apps, and yadda yadda yadda. While he drones on and on, to the boredom of the employees, one employee takes to his HTC First, and scrolls around his Facebook Home interface.

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Facebook Home vs Homeless: should you go blue for Android?

Facebook Home vs Homeless: should you go blue for Android?

If you're planning on adding Facebook Home to your device this weekend, you might want to consider the positives and negatives of doing such a thing. If you've got an HTC First, you'll likely have purchased the device because you want Facebook on your device, and there's really not a whole lot you need to consider. If you're a Facebook user and have an Android device, you've got what might be a rather easy decision ahead of you.

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PSA: Why doesn’t Facebook Home work on my smartphone?

PSA: Why doesn’t Facebook Home work on my smartphone?

Today is the day Facebook Home is released for Android devices, and though it may seem possible to download the app for your smartphone or tablet, it won't necessarily be in full working order this afternoon. Why would that be - you might ask? Because Facebook's launch of Facebook Home is limited to just five devices - and one of them was just released to the market today.

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