Friday, 11 January 2013

Facebook invites media to "come and see what we're building"


Facebook has circulated a rather mysterious invite amongst the media fraternity asking all to join the social network at its headquarters in Menlo Park, CA on Tuesday January 15 at 10 a.m. PT.

The invite that comes amidst the on-going CES event, has suddenly attracted attention due to the curiosity element leaving little to guess. It just reads, "Come and see what we're building."

Considering that the social networking giant doesn't host many events at its headquarters, this ought to be something big.

Could it be the new Facebook phone, rumours of which surfaced recently? In a set of HTC device codename leaks, the list mentioned the Opera_UL more commonly recognised as the Facebook Phone. Talks of this phone have been around since November 2011, though HTC and Facebook have collaborated earlier and launched the ChaCha and Salsa phones with a dedicated Facebook button and deep integration of the social network.

Further reports from The New York Times in May last year mentioned that the social networking giant has hired more than half a dozen Apple engineers who worked on the iPhone and iPad to build a Facebook smartphone. Then Bloomberg reported that the phone will debut in mid-2013. In that case, an announcement now would make sense.

So, if it is the Facebook phone, then we'd say it was already playing on our mind. Last time Facebook hosted such an event at its Palo Alto headquarters in California about a year and a half ago, where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had announced the company's partnership with Skype. 

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