It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It

Chat Heads Rule Everything Around the New Facebook ‘Home’

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The highly anticipated Facebook phone is finally here and it’s not a phone at all.

Instead it’s slick-looking software that wants to assume mass control of Android phones everywhere. It’s going to be available for download on April 12 in the Google Play store. HTC will be releasing the first Facebook Home optimized phone on the same day.

“It’s a family of apps and you can install it and it becomes the home of your phone. So we’re calling this, ‘Home,’” announced Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg from under a sheen of sweat. Read More

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Booting Up: Zuck’s First Website Was Just as Embarrassing as Yours

(Photo: Angelfire)

Digital music licensing revenues surpassed those from radio for the first time ever, mostly thanks to Google Play and Xbox. [The Guardian]

If this really is Mark Zuckerberg’s first ever Angelfire page, it’s just as mortifying as yours was. [Gizmodo]

Q1 of 2013 yielded a strangely low number of IPOs: only eight companies went public in the three-month period. [Silicon Valley Business Journal]

Not to be eclipsed by Microsoft, Samsung is getting its own brick and mortar stores, but with a twist: they’ll exist solely inside Best Buys. Guess they really like the Geek Squad? [AllThingsD]

The Facebook phone is expected to be announced today. Yay? [New York Times]

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Booting Up: Just Two More Days of Facebook Phone Gossip to Deal With!

Mr. Allen is signing...a lease?? (Photo: Flickr)

We’re another day closer to the fabled Facebook phone release so images are leaking out of what the supposed Android-based OS is going to look like. Hint: it’s blue! [CNET]

Say hi to your newest your coworker, Silicon Valley. It’s Paul Allen! The Microsoft cofounder is opening a new investment office under the Vulcan Capital name. [PEHub]

A Federal Court ruled yesterday that one simply can not resell their iTunes-purchased songs thus endangering the future of music site ReDigi.com. But it’s not all bad news. This is probably the most press ReDigi has ever received! [AllThingsD]

Allan Kay, computer pioneer and the man who coined the phrase “The best way to predict the future is to invent it,” is the subject of a lengthy profile. [TIME]

Fresh off Aereo’s win in appeals court yesterday (where judges denied TV networks their request for an injunction), CEO Chet Kanojia is predicting that broadcasters will take the issue to Congress. [The Verge]

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Booting Up: Nobody Wants a Stupid Facebook Phone Edition

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Deconstructing the myth of the “booth babe.” [Jezebel]

Speaking of myths, the Facebook phone is apparently a reality, which is a shame because nobody wants a stupid Facebook phone. [Bloomberg]

Roku continues getting cozy with pay TV, raises $45 million from News Corps. and BSkyB. [TechCrunch]

Kevin Rose on the new Betaworks incarnation of Digg: “It’s very simple, and there’s a lot of emphasis on real-time.” Version one of the new Digg is set to debut in one week. [GigaOm]

Google is livestreaming its announcement about rolling out a fiber network in Kansas City today. [Google]

Zynga shares tumbled 42 percent yesterday; not even gullible mothers taking care of virtual crops can fix that. [Bloomberg]