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Facebook: HTC to launch HTC First on AT&T
Alongside the software download of Facebook Home, the other announcement from Facebook was that HTC would be launching the HTC First on AT&T in the US, with availability in other territories to follow in the near future. A number of reviewers have been able to look over the handset, and here is a quick summary of their thoughts, and links to the full reviews.

Facebook Home: More Disruptive Than You Think
Facebook Home, announced last week, was not the promised Facebook phone. Instead, it was widely described as nothing more than software that takes over the front of your Android phone so that the pictures and messages from your friends are front and center. Commonly used mobile apps like Gmail, GoogleMaps, Twitter, WhatsApp and Evernote are still available on phones with Home but you have to work harder to get to them.

Microsoft accuses Facebook of copying Windows Phone with Home launch
Microsoft (MSFT) thinks that Facebook (FB) is imitating it but it doesn’t seem all that flattered so far. In a post on the company’s official TechNet blog, Microsoft VP of corporate communications Frank X. Shaw said that Facebook’s launch event for its new Home software “was remarkably similar to the launch event we did for Windows Phone two years ago.” Shaw’s criticisms of Facebook Home largely revolve around its supposedly novel conception as a “people-centric” overlay that places less emphasis on apps and more on your friends and family. “When we sat down with a blank sheet of paper and designed Windows Phone, we put three words on the wall to guide the team: ‘Put People First,'” Shaw explained. “Those three words



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