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HTC Facebook phone with dedicated shortcut key at MWC tips source

HTC Facebook phone with dedicated shortcut key at MWC tips source

HTC is expected to join INQ in launching a Facebook phone at MWC 2011 next week, though the Android-based device will not be branded with the social network's name. Instead, according to the FT's sources, the HTC Facebook device will have a dedicated button that acts as a shortcut to the social network.

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Facebook Places Deals hits UK and Europe

Facebook Places Deals hits UK and Europe

Facebook has officially announced Places Deals for the UK and Europe, extending the location-based discount and loyalty scheme first rolled out in North America back in November 2010. Users of the social network will be able to check into businesses such as shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, and obtain coupons and discounts in the process.

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Facebook denies HTC phone rumors

Facebook denies HTC phone rumors

Facebook has denied reports that HTC is making a Facebook-branded smartphone, with a spokesperson suggesting "the rumors around there being something more to this HTC device are overblown." According to Dan Rose, Facebook's head of business development, the speculation is simply over-assumption based on "just another example of a manufacturer who has taken our public APIs and integrated them into their device in an interesting way."

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Pope Benedict Encourages Internet Togetherness, Sharing via Social Networks

Pope Benedict Encourages Internet Togetherness, Sharing via Social Networks

When you're at the head of an ancient religion still prevalent throughout the western world in an age where it's possible to grab information from across the planet in a moment's time, you've got to choose your words carefully. If you're the Pope of Catholicism, you've got to recognize that the bulk of the people that follow you are looking at your speeches that are published via the Internet. Thusly, you must speak in a way about this mode of information transfer in a way that's both critical and kind. I give you Pope Benedict on the Internet.

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Zynga Continues Domination by Transforming Area/Code into New York Studio

Zynga Continues Domination by Transforming Area/Code into New York Studio

That's right, they've assimilated game designers "Area/Code" and have begun to add their biological and technological distinctiveness to their own. This New York group will now become Zynga New York. Social gaming will now commence with a very ironic conglomerating of many design groups into one. Zynga also has offices in Boston, San Francisco, Beijing, Austin, Tokyo, Frankfurt, and Dallas. Each of these locations, other than San Francisco, were once smaller games companies that have now been swallowed by, (not dismantled, as other eviler companies might have done,) by Zynga.

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1.78m dead Facebook users in 2011 adding to profile clutter

1.78m dead Facebook users in 2011 adding to profile clutter

1.78m Facebook users are likely to die during 2011, though don't worry: the social network itself isn't killing people off. Instead, that's the user-churn predicted by Entrustet, a digital-legacy planning firm, which has bashed Facebook's user stats with death rates from the Center for Disease Control and decided that the site will be littered with profiles for ex-networkers by the end of the year.

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Facebook for Feature Phones launched with free data on certain carriers

Facebook for Feature Phones launched with free data on certain carriers

Facebook has announced a new mobile app, targeted at regular cellphone users rather than those with smartphones. Facebook for Feature Phones is a Java app, and will reportedly work on more than 2,500 devices from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG and others, giving access to the homescreen, wall posts, photo galleries and even contacts synchronization.

The app has also been announced alongside a new deal with select carriers, which will - for a 90 day period - be offering free data access to Facebook for Feature Phones, as with Facebook Zero. Fourteen operators have signed up to the scheme, with more in the pipeline.

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Facebook, Privacy & a little Self-Control

Facebook, Privacy & a little Self-Control

Another Facebook change, another privacy uproar. Read the headlines and you might have thought the social network was planning to open the books on private cellphone numbers and home addresses to any advertiser willing to slip them some cash, rather than adding some more sharing options along with the usual granular control over who gets to see what of your digital details. Unsurprisingly Facebook froze its plans pending a reassessment of its privacy controls; unfortunately, nobody is taking Facebook users - and the online community in general - to task over taking some responsibility for what they share.

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MySpace job cuts tipped for Tuesday; up to 60% layoffs

MySpace job cuts tipped for Tuesday; up to 60% layoffs

MySpace is expected to axe 550 to 600 staff tomorrow, as part of sweeping cuts intended to help return the ailing social network to profitability. First rumored last month, according to AllThingsD the cuts will see up to 60-percent of MySpace's workforce shed, supposedly including a significant number of international employees.

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Facebook $50bn valuation may double Zuckerberg’s fortune

Facebook $50bn valuation may double Zuckerberg’s fortune

Facebook has been valued at a whopping $50bn, after raising $500m in investment from Goldman Sachs and a Russian financier, according to the NYTimes. The deal follows news that Facebook topped Google to be the most trafficked site in 2010, and will see Goldman Sachs create a "special purpose vehicle" for priority investors to put their money into the popular social network.

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Myspace facing up to 50% workforce axe tip insiders

Myspace facing up to 50% workforce axe tip insiders

Myspace execs are reportedly considering axing up to 50-percent of the struggling social network's workforce, amid drastic cost-cutting measures intended to counter diminishing revenues and traffic growth. According to NetworkEffect's sources, as many as 550 employees could face redundancy should Myspace owner News Corp decide to go ahead with the plan; other strategies include selling on the social network, with both online game company Zynga and private equity buyers both tipped.

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Path 1.2 adds 10 second video sharing to “personal moment” service

Path 1.2 adds 10 second video sharing to “personal moment” service

Here's an odd one: Path, which launched an iPhone photo sharing app last month designed to only show your pictures to up to fifty carefully-selected friends, has added video sharing to the v1.2 update. Thing is, only clips ten seconds or shorter can be uploaded, a limit that seemingly addresses both limited mobile bandwidth and the company's ethos of "personal moment sharing".

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