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Facebook (NASDAQ: FB  ) is giving Android users a treat with a new interface that will be available for select smartphones starting next week.

Facebook Home is the social-networking website operator's bold bet that smartphones should be about people -- not apps. The new experience starts at a phone's very welcome screen. Users downloading the interface will see Facebook serving up recent friend snapshots and notifications with intuitive navigation and some nifty tools to boot.

This is the right move for Facebook. There has been chatter for a few years that the company would put out its own phone, but that strategy never made sense. Anyone remember Kin? It lasted only a few weeks on the market. No one wants to be locked to a platform, and Facebook is addressing that reality with this neat interface that can be undone as easily as it was to put into play.

Facebook is now about to become an even bigger part of the mobile experience.

Briefly in the news
And now let's take a quick look at some of the other stories that shaped our week.

  • BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) has decided to shut down its BBM Music service. The platform gave BlackBerry owners a catalog of tunes that grew virally as more people signed up for the $5-a-month plan. Once again, a smartphone company missed the point in social music.
  • Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) CEO Tim Cook apologized for the company's poorly communicated warranty practices in China. Since China is Apple's largest market outside the U.S., it's more important to save sales than to save face.
  • Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA  ) is ready to bet on a new revenue stream. Its partnership with an overseas partner for real-money wagering in the U.K. became a reality this week. Zynga-themed slots, poker, blackjack, and roulette will now help Zynga diversify from its meandering social- and casual-gaming business. The house always wins, but does that also apply to the FarmVille barn?

Now let's look ahead
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  • Report this Comment On April 06, 2013, at 10:11 AM, Oril wrote:

    Facebook and android belong together. The worlds most insecure social network teams up with the worlds most insecure smartphone. Looks like a move born out of desperation as more and more people are shutting down their Facebook accounts.

  • Report this Comment On April 06, 2013, at 10:33 AM, TimDoesKnow wrote:

    Apple saw more employees jump for their lives rather than make another creepy iPhone in China. How many employees have iPhones killed in China to date?

    InfoThatSucks should work in China, that's the take-away here.

  • Report this Comment On April 06, 2013, at 10:33 AM, Oril wrote:

    It was a very uneventful week for Blackberry. It closed about whet it started on no real news although it popped slightly at the beginning.

    The daily volumes are now very low which indicates to me at least that the shorts are having difficulty finding shares to cover at these prices.

    When the real news hits as the new products are rolled out world wide this should make the upside explosive with Blackberry going to $20.00 to $25.00 in short order.


    I am long in blackberry

    I don't short stocks but if I did apple and Facebook would be my choices.

  • Report this Comment On April 06, 2013, at 10:46 AM, alboy5 wrote:

    A 20 buck phone on a 20 buck plan would smell as sweet.

  • Report this Comment On April 06, 2013, at 11:25 AM, etgh wrote:

    The new management at Blackberry is refreshingly making logical business decisions, products that don't make money are going to be killed.

    The negative nellies would bash Blackberry whatever they did, so I just discount them completely.

  • Report this Comment On April 08, 2013, at 12:07 PM, BlackberryRules wrote:

    @InfoThatIsClueless: You still posting idiotic BB bashing comments? lololol. The stock will hit $100 in a year or two. Will you still be posting moronic comments then? You are about as stupid as it gets. Everyone on this forum is laughing at you and calling you are complete and total moron. Go back to the asylum. Your day pass is done!

    p.s., I hope you bought AAPL at $700. I'm laughing my ass off at you, your stupid fool!!!

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