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AT&T Facebook phone sold out: how this “ROKR” may lead to better days

AT&T Facebook phone sold out: how this “ROKR” may lead to better days

It's not that the HTC First was a terrible phone - in fact, it's bound to become a cult classic due to its ability to become all but Nexus with a quick switch-off of Facebook Home. But that's not the issue here. The issue is that this first Facebook phone was not selling well on the one and only network it was with - AT&T - but after reducing the price of it down to a buck, the company's mobile chief Ralph de la Vega has let it be known that they've sold the whole lot out.

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Samsung Facebook Phone aim tipped as Zuckerberg visits Korea

Samsung Facebook Phone aim tipped as Zuckerberg visits Korea

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg approached Samsung to make the next Facebook Home smartphone, sources claim, though the likelihood of Samsung following the ill-fated HTC First is seen as being low. Zuckerberg met Samsung Mobile's chief, Shin Jong-kyun, during a trip to Korea this week, where, an insider told The Korea Herald, he "asked Samsung to step up cooperation" with the social network.

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HTC First “Facebook phone” UK launch plans axed [Confirmed!]

HTC First “Facebook phone” UK launch plans axed [Confirmed!]

Plans to launch the HTC First "Facebook phone" in the UK have been axed, with Facebook now focusing on finessing Home instead. A poor reception to the Android handset in the US, where carrier AT&T unexpectedly slashed the cost from $99.99 to $0.99 on contract after just a few weeks of sales, has been blamed for the decision, which is said to have come from Facebook rather than either HTC or the network. Update: EE has confirmed the First won't be launching in the UK; more details after the cut.

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5m HTC One sales tips exec with demand still exceeding supply

5m HTC One sales tips exec with demand still exceeding supply

HTC has sold approximately five million of its HTC One flagship smartphones, an executive at the company has confirmed, with demand for the phone still apparently outstripping supply. The sales statistics - which HTC is yet to officially endorse - come amid concerns that the company is losing key executives and struggling to raise the profile of the One against the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Despite the fears, an unnamed HTC executive tells the WSJ, sales have in fact been strong.

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HTC sees more top execs disappear as Facebook fouls First launch

HTC sees more top execs disappear as Facebook fouls First launch

HTC continues to lose high-level staff as its North American team gradually peels away the struggling smartphone company, with industry talk suggesting Facebook's Home launch strategy actually ended up undermining rather than supporting the firm. Chief Product Officer Kouki Kodera, in charge of HTC's product strategy, left the firm last week according to The Verge's sources, along with VP of global communications Jason Gordon. Meanwhile, phones that HTC has pegged its recovery on, such as the One, struggle to compete - in mindshare at least - in the face of Samsung and Apple's marketing budget.

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HTC First reportedly discontinued by AT&T: Facebook Home hopeless?

HTC First reportedly discontinued by AT&T: Facebook Home hopeless?

This week it's become apparent that not only are sales of the HTC One lacking - that device also known as the first "true" Facebook Phone - the software isn't doing so hot either. As the Facebook Home software for Android reaches 1 million downloads, it also falls off the top 100 downloaded apps list. Much less exciting than it was when it first launched - finding more excitement specifically on SlashGear's own Facebook page than any other subject in the past few months (barring the GALAXY S 4 and the HTC One, of course).

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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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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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Facebook Home hits Android today – Chat Heads first!

Facebook Home hits Android today – Chat Heads first!

Today is the day that Android gets Facebook Home - but at this very moment, the big changes exist outside the final Facebook Home app, inside Facebook Messenger and the basic Facebook app instead! What you'll be seeing inside Facebook Messenger is a push to what's effectively Chat Heads. Chat Heads is a bit more of an aesthetic change than it is a change to your whole going-about of things.

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