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Photo of purported 'Facebook phone' leaked ahead of event

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With a planned Facebook special event two days away, a photo of an HTC-built handset dubbed the "HTC First" has hit the Web, stoking flames that a true Facebook phone may soon see release.

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Alleged HTC First. | Source: evleaks via Twitter


The social networking giant is widely expected to show off a new operating system built on Google's Android platform at an event scheduled for Thursday, and some rumors say the company will introduce its own smartphone based on HTC hardware. In a tweet on Tuesday "evleaks," who has in the past outed a number of handsets before their official unveiling, revealed the HTC First, which could be the handset in question.

While the alleged picture does exhibit some aliasing around the "HTC First" lettering, the text overlay may simply be a label "evleaks" put on a legitimate photo of the phone.

Speculation of a Facebook-developed phone has been making the rounds for some time.

According to a recent rumor, the firm is looking to launch an iPhone competitor that deeply integrates its social networking platform into hardware built by a dedicated handset maker, with HTC being at the top of the list. The device could feature direct Facebook profile updating and a homescreen news feed, as well as quick access to the service's integrated apps. Sources say the mobile OS will be a "flavor" of Android with a user interface reminiscent of Facebook's iOS app.
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Yawn....
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FB is already so saturated on websites (like this one) that it's hard to avoid. The FBP will be superfluous. And the very last thing I want is to have them controlling my communication. I suppose there are numerous Droid drones who'll flock to it, and maybe even like the virtual reality of a FB world, but I still gotta wonder how the company is going to monetize the situation.
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FB is already so saturated on websites (like this one) that it's hard to avoid. The FBP will be superfluous. And the very last thing I want is to have them controlling my communication. I suppose there are numerous Droid drones who'll flock to it, and maybe even like the virtual reality of a FB world, but I still gotta wonder how the company is going to monetize the situation.

Advertising.

 

Either by putting ads in front of you or learning as much about you as they can to target you or sell to other companies.

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That phone is an iPhone replica. Cue the lawsuits.
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The facefone will be revolutionary. It will use advanced face recognition to unlock and log you directly into your facebook account 1rolleyes.gif

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Can you imagine all the info FB is gonna mine from this device? How scary is that.
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Can't imagine anything more scary than a device that tracks you 24/7/365 and sends all that data to Facebook. A device that tracks you 24/7/365 and sends all that data to Google is only slightly less scary yet millions of people have flocked to that platform so maybe this rumour has a chance of being a successful product after all.
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People can't even imagine what they're mining now, so . . .   (not mining me!)

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Can you imagine all the info FB is gonna mine from this device? How scary is that.
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Hey! Rounded rectangle . . . iPhone . . . data mining . . . patent   copy!    Lawsuit, better,  way better    sucks    fan-bouy!  I'm a    (navigation expert,)   my friend,  a-holes, . . .   . . . etc.  /s

 

I'm sure it will be popular with folks for whom FB is the center of their lives no matter the fate of their souls.

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Bound to get flopped. 

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Its not a phone, its a liability.  What's next inserting a tracking device in your backside? 

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That phone is an iPhone replica. Cue the lawsuits.


HTC signed an agreement with Apple... no lawsuits. 

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Circular app icons. Check out the invite for proof.

 

Another point about privacy. I care about my privacy, but I don't care what company has my location. What I don't want companies like Google, Facebook and Zynga to have is either my e-mail address or my preferences for things, i.e. my browsing history. But especially my e-mail address. I'd frankly rather they knew my blood type over my e-mail address. And as I said I couldn't give two shits if they knew my current location. When it comes to privacy I think people obsess over location too much.


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Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of a rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of a rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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Bound to get flopped. 

 

Would you bet money on that?

Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of a rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of a rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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As for the artifacts around the lettering that is supposedly superimposed, if you look carefully at the phone itself, you will see these same artifacts, it's just more apparent around the lettering due to the contrast. It's simply a low-rez JPEG. Not that any of this actually matters as regards the point of the story. Just an observation. You may now return to your life, scouring the web for "who gives a sh*t" articles like this.
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Who wants a Facebook phone?... Why?
Dont see it going anywhere
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Can you imagine all the info FB is gonna mine from this device? How scary is that.

 

Yes, like Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Sony, Samsung, HTC, Apple, etc.
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...why do people complain that Apple's OS looks the same as it has for years, while at the same time people keep coming out with these 99% copies of Apple's hardware design, year after year????
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Maybe they target the device at younger generations, you know those to whom email is so old school. And following the old marketing line "get them while they're young" they might just stick with it.
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Circular app icons. Check out the invite for proof.

 

Another point about privacy. I care about my privacy, but I don't care what company has my location. What I don't want companies like Google, Facebook and Zynga to have is either my e-mail address or my preferences for things, i.e. my browsing history. But especially my e-mail address. I'd frankly rather they knew my blood type over my e-mail address. And as I said I couldn't give two shits if they knew my current location. When it comes to privacy I think people obsess over location too much.

 

There's a huge difference between having your current location and knowing where you've been every minute of every day since you activated the phone. Do you really want someone following you everywhere you go, recording how long you stay, where you go afterward, what routes you take?

 

Browser history, likes, dislikes, yeah those are super valuable to marketing people. Unfortunately for the advertisers of the world I see well targeted advertising as a form of digital stalking and refuse to purchase goods or services from anyone who seems to know too much about me.

 

I'm really interested in why you think it's dangerous for companies to know your email address. Maybe I'm being naïve, but I just don't see a big privacy or security issue there.

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No that doesn't look like an iPhone 5 at all..nope those volume rocker and power buttons aren't in the same place or anything lol.gif

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Another point about privacy. I care about my privacy, but I don't care what company has my location. What I don't want companies like Google, Facebook and Zynga to have is either my e-mail address or my preferences for things, i.e. my browsing history. But especially my e-mail address. I'd frankly rather they knew my blood type over my e-mail address. And as I said I couldn't give two shits if they knew my current location. When it comes to privacy I think people obsess over location too much.

 

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There's a huge difference between having your current location and knowing where you've been every minute of every day since you activated the phone. Do you really want someone following you everywhere you go, recording how long you stay, where you go afterward, what routes you take?

 

Browser history, likes, dislikes, yeah those are super valuable to marketing people. Unfortunately for the advertisers of the world I see well targeted advertising as a form of digital stalking and refuse to purchase goods or services from anyone who seems to know too much about me.

 

I'm really interested in why you think it's dangerous for companies to know your email address. Maybe I'm being naïve, but I just don't see a big privacy or security issue there.

 

Ireland is right to worry about use of email address, but consumers have a bit more power with that side than location.  On the downside, if you use one email address, or just a couple, then it's possible for many, many companies to use that in an invasive way, tracking much of what you do/see/visit online.  It can also tie your online and offline worlds together when you give an email address to retailers, and large surveillance companies like facebook and google love to tie that stuff all together, let alone evil companies like rapleaf and bluekai.  

 

On the less-bad side, you can mitigate a lot of this by just creating throwaway email accounts regularly, and never (ever) give your "main" email address to any commercial entity.  Also, it's worth considering that even if you create throwaway email accounts, if you create them with the same service provider (yahoo, hotmail, etc.), and from the same IP address, you are still giving profilers a lot of "likely" information.  Much of the data these companies gather isn't 100% or 0% reliable, it's somewhere between.  Stuff to think about.

 

But Ireland, location information out in public or gathered by surveillance companies, especially real-time and long-term data, is among the worst things, from a safety standpoint.  People that use stupid toys like FourSquare are idiots, especially women, who are easy targets for stalkers and just plain crazy dudes.  When you marry that data together with all the other shit that people put online, it's a recipe for disaster, and law enforcement has documented many cases like this, but people don't seem to pay attention.  There's a reason that there's been so much pushback from the public on the use of geo-tracking devices by law enforcement (unless they have warrants, of course).  You may not care personally, but location tracking is very, very bad.

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What I don't want companies like Google, Facebook and Zynga to have is either my e-mail address or my preferences for things, i.e. my browsing history. But especially my e-mail address. 

 

So how do you deal with email in general?  Do you use a free email service like gmail/hotmail/whatevermail?  I presume not.

 

I'd guess that you use private ISP-based email, or perhaps even host your own, from what you're saying here.  But the next level problem, of course, is that other people use those services and email stuff to you.  Which gives google, yahoo, microsoft information about YOU and your social graph and your interests, etc., indirectly, and without your permission.  This is a particular area of interest to me, and it's very troubling.  I don't know that there are any good solutions other than educating people and suggesting that they stop using "free" email services.  Since we all know they're not really free.

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