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Facebook Home flops as HTC reduces smartphone price

Excerpt from Salon

May 10, 2013 8:35 am

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We don’t know much about Mark Zuckerberg’s home life, but he’s got troubles at Facebook Home. Even ardent Facebook users apparent want Facebook to dominate their smartphone home screens.

— Dennis Schaal

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The reviews are in: Facebook Home, Mark Zuckerberg’s grandiose stab at totally controlling our mobile experience, is an unmitigated disaster.

On Wednesday, AT&T announced that it was dropping the price of the HTC First smartphone, which comes with Facebook Home built in, from $99 to 99 cents. Think about that: a new smartphone, priced to jump off the shelves at Dollar General. It’s a great deal, but it is also hugely embarrassing for Zuckerberg.

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