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Zuckerberg on Facebook Home: ‘I think of it more as a seed that we’re planting’

While much of the talk on today’s Facebook second quarter earnings call centered around the company’s positive financial performance, one product was left out of the equation: Facebook Home. Home, Facebook’s much-touted entry into the smartphone market, seems to have been met with a resounding “meh” from consumers. The HTC First, which comes pre-loaded with… Read More

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Clean out your desk and attic: It’s battery recycling day in Seattle

Got some old batteries laying around the house or office. Well, here’s your chance to get rid of them in an environmentally-friendly way. Today is the City of Seattle’s first-ever Battery Recycling Day, with residents encouraged to take old batteries found in cellphones, laptops and cordless power tools to Seattle Center’s International Fountain until 6 p.m…. Read More

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T-Mobile’s discount push continues, inks deal with 6,400 Dollar General stores

T-Mobile continues to carve a niche around selling phones and no-contract service plans at discount retailers across the U.S. The Bellevue carrier, which already distributes low-cost phones at 7-Eleven and Family Dollar discount stores,  said today that it plans to begin selling T-Mobile prepaid plans and the Samsung t139 phone at more than 6,400 Dollar General… Read More

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Will your next smartphone have a backside display?

A newly surfaced patent filing from Microsoft provides a glimpse of where our smartphones might be headed — even if it’s not the most original idea in the world. The concept, as detailed by PatentBolt.com, is a smartphone with a low-powered backside display, possibly wrapping around the corners of the device, that could show content… Read More

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Whoa, Amazon considered buying BlackBerry maker RIM

I guess Amazon.com really is serious about getting into the mobile phone business. Reuters today reported that the Seattle online retailer considered buying RIM a few months ago, but the BlackBerry maker rebuffed the overtures. According to Reuters, Amazon hired an investment banking firm this past summer to take a look at RIM, which has… Read More

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Follow-up: HTC boss says they don’t want to kill the iPhone

GeekWire readers certainly had a lot to say after HTC’s North America president Martin Fichter told mobile leaders at a conference today in Seattle that “iPhones are not that cool anymore.” But that wasn’t all that Fichter had to say about Apple. Responding to a question about what’s preventing mobile handset makers from creating an… Read More

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Amazon.com and T-Mobile want your dusty old gadgets

Suddenly that old phone gathering dust in your drawer is in high demand. Amazon.com today expanded its existing trade-in program to include consumer electronics — offering gift cards to people who send in consumer electronics including tablets, cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, GPS devices, and other items. The company previously limited trade-ins to DVDs, video games… Read More