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Enough already

Listen up. We don't care what you've read, we don't care what you've heard. There is no 'Facebook phone'. There will never be a 'Facebook phone'.

Why do we sound so annoyed? Because people just keep on saying otherwise. Last autumn, there were a spate of rumours that Facebook was building a phone, or working with a manufacturer on a phone. It never materialised. Then this week, rumours flew round the interwebs once again that a manufacturer - in this case, veteran phone-builder-for-hire HTC - were making a Facebook-branded phone.

It isn't. Going. To. Happen.

What is going to happen - as has happened in the past - is that phone makers will experiment with integrating Facebook into their software in a million cool ways. You could have a phone where your Facebook friends were the phonebook and Facebook Chat was the text messaging system, without it being an official 'Facebook Phone' - that's the whole point of Facebook's open platform.

'This is really just another example of a manufacturer who has taken our public APIs (application programming interfaces) and integrated them into their device in an interesting way,' a Facebooker said today. 'The rumours around there being something more to this HTC device are overblown.'

That sounds pretty definitive. Still, we bet it won't be, ooh, six months before we're forced to refudiate this rumour again... sigh.

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