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Business battles are often ecosystem battles, in which brands develop a matrix of conveniently connected products and services, in an attempt to lock customers into a dependency. Offline companies follow this tack (think razors and blades). But the internet, with its many connection nodes, crossov...

April 5th 2013 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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In each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news. There's a good chance 2011's HTC Status, with its portrait QWERTY layout and dedicated Facebook button, never found its way into your social network. That last attempt at the mythical Facebook phone faile...

April 5th 2013 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Shortly after Facebook's big reveal this morning, we caught up with HTC President of Global Sales Jason McKenzie and spent a few minutes with him discussing the First. As expected, he was pretty excited about this collaboration between his company, Facebook and AT&T. Jason revealed to us that...

April 4th 2013 at 3:55pm 0 Comments
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We've taken a closer look at the HTC First hardware, so let's dig into the firmware side -- namely, the Facebook Home user interface featured on the First. As we heard prior to the event, Home is essentially a skinned version of Android OS that unsurprisingly offers a deeper amount of integration...

April 4th 2013 at 3:35pm 0 Comments
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After endless months of speculation, the collaboration between HTC and Facebook has finally been revealed to the world. It's not a Facebook Phone per se, it's simply a skinned Android smartphone that just so happens to bestow deep social media integration upon the OS, a move which makes the First...

April 4th 2013 at 2:12pm 0 Comments
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The HTC First might be launching on AT&T, but that doesn't mean this built-for-Facebook device is going to be limited to the US: we just learned it will eventually arrive in Europe too, on Orange and the UK's EE network. Unfortunately, whereas AT&T came armed with pricing and availability...

April 4th 2013 at 1:43pm 0 Comments
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Facebook wants to put Facebook Home on as many devices as possible, and that includes tablets -- eventually. It just promised that tablets would get support, but only at some point in the months ahead. For now, it's phones only. The social network hasn't said which tablets might be at the forefro...

April 4th 2013 at 1:34pm 0 Comments
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Facebook hasn't made Home official just yet, but we can tell you one thing for certain -- it'll be arriving on April 12th in the US. It won't be available on all Android devices that day, broader availability should be coming in the future. On day one it will show up as a download for select devic...

April 4th 2013 at 12:55pm 0 Comments
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The "Facebook Phone" sits up there with Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster in mythology and legend, but in reality it's just a term instead of an actual phone branded by the social media service. We've seen the title applied to several phones in the last four years: the HTC Salsa and ChaCha, the Mo...

April 4th 2013 at 12:47pm 0 Comments