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Apple “Stylized Speech Bubbles” trademark tips new social networking service [Updated]

Apple “Stylized Speech Bubbles” trademark tips new social networking service [Updated]

With only hours to go until the launch of the iPad 2 and what's expected to be a demo of iOS 5.0, an Apple trademark submission has been spotted for what looks like a social messaging or online chat service. Filed on February 23, the "stylized speech bubbles" are in fact referenced in four separate submissions - 85249977, 85249986, 85250000 and 85250006 - with various classifications including "online social networking services."

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Nexus S losing Facebook contacts sync as Google tightens data policy

Nexus S losing Facebook contacts sync as Google tightens data policy

Facebook integration with the Nexus S is set to be scooped out after the Android 2.3.3 update currently being distributed OTA, with Google claiming that the social network's cloud-based contacts violate its terms of service. According to the search giant, while currently Facebook contacts can be synchronized with the Nexus S' contacts, the fact that the data can't be exported from the phone "created a false sense of data portability." It's the latest jab in the ongoing war over data access between the two companies.

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HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa Facebook Phones debut

HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa Facebook Phones debut

HTC has announced a pair of Facebook phones at MWC 2011, two affordable Android devices with a focus on social networking. The first of the pair is the HTC ChaCha, a physical QWERTY handset paired with a 2.6-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, followed by the HTC Salsa, an all-touch version with a 3.4-inch touchscreen. Both the ChaCha and Salsa have a dedicated Facebook button, hard-coded to instantly share content like photos, music links or Facebook Places location links.

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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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