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A Facebook Smartphone in 2013? (Los Angeles Times)
Can a Facebook smartphone solve the social media company’s mobile problem? Just one week after Facebook’s less-than-stellar IPO comes news that the social network is beefing up its engineering staff in the hopes of releasing a Facebook smartphone by 2013. GigaOM Does it make any sense for Facebook to build its own smartphone? Some argue that this would be a natural extension of the social network’s strategy. The Next Web But the tech world consensus is that it would be a nightmare for Facebook if it got into the mobile hardware game. A Facebook phone, which has been rumored for quite some time, could be one of the only ways for the company to not only control the experience of its mobile users, but properly iterate and hack out a better mobile experience overall. The New York Times This would be Facebook’s third effort at building a smartphone, said one person briefed on the plans and one who was recruited. In 2010, TechCrunch reported that Facebook was working on a smartphone. The project crumbled after the company realized the difficulties involved, according to people who had worked on it. AP Social media sites and blogs have lit up after eagle-eyed viewers spotted a surprise cameo by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, in a Chinese TV documentary about the country’s police force. The documentary by CCTV was part of a series on Chinese police and high-tech crime-solving methods. Read more