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Facebook spent most of its time Thursday talking about its new Facebook Home software that puts FB at the center of the Android operating system.

However, the company also announced the long-rumored "Facebook phone," a new smartphone with HTC (2498) that will be the first to use Home.

Facebook Phone

The appropriately named HTC First will be available in four different colors - black, white, red and pale blue - and will launch exclusively on AT&T April 12.

For $99.99, the device comes with a 4.3-inch display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Facebook Home and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual core processor.

The new FB phone could find a receptive audience among the under-25 crowd, which is comfortable with having their mobile devices in reach at all times.

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Facebook Home, unveiled today, is the company's attempt to stop what it sees as an alarming trend:

Facebook users actually spending less time on Facebook.

So what is Facebook Home? To quote the video below:

“Home isn’t a phone or operating system, and it’s more than just an app. Home is a new experience that lets you see the world through people, not apps.”

Basically, it's a suite of apps that constitute an interface for Android users willing to let FB mediate pretty much everything they do on their mobile devices.

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People on Facebook and Twitter have been changing pictures and avatars en masse to an image of a red equal sign. You've probably noticed. But why?

The Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for equal rights on behalf of LGBT Americans, has been promoting the image in lieu of its usual blue-and-yellow logo.

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A symbol of "equality, it's part of an effort to mobilize supporters online with Supreme Court hearings on gay marriage underway in Washington, D.C.

The simple photo of the equal sign has racked up more than 25,000 “likes” and 78,000 “shares” on the group’s Facebook page in the last 24 hours alone.

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A New Jersey family is considering legal action after their home was raided by authorities responding to a Facebook photo of their son posing with a firearm.

Four local police officers and two officials from the New Jersey Dept. of Children and Families showed up at the Carneys Point, N.J., home of Shawn Moore.

The officials demanded to see the homeowners’ guns.

Facebook Photo Raid

This all started when Moore, a firearms instructor, posted a photo of his 11-year-old son holding a rifle (legally owned, above) on Facebook Tuesday.

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Jada Pinkett Smith has come to the defense of a couple young A-listers.

With Justin Bieber hearing it these days - following a pot smoking controversy, a blow up at a photographer and more - Smith penned a Facebook post that didn't mention any star by name.

But whose subject matter was obvious to any celebrity gossip follower.

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"It is as if we have forgotten what it means to be young or even how to behave like good ol' grown folk," the actress wrote on Sunday.

"Do we feel as though we can say and do what we please without demonstrating any responsibility simply because they are famous?

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Social networks are built on the language of "likes" and positivity.

Until now, thanks to the Hater App developed by Jake Banks.

He decided to develop an alternative app - intended for sharing the things you don't like - because he feels Facebook et al. restrict us from being ourselves.

Hater App Pic

"It's really an answer to everything out there. All you can do is 'like' things," Banks told Mashable. "I don't want to be the guy pretending to be someone I'm not."

"I want to be real and say, 'I'm sitting in traffic and I hate this.'"

While you can post a comment like that anywhere, Banks says a "dedicated community" for dislikes frees up users to re-think the content they share.

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Facebook's big announcement today involved the unveiling of a customized Facebook search engine called Graph Search. So what is this thing's deal?

"Graph Search is not a web search," said CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

“It’s about graphing our part of the web.”

Graph Search

Zuckerberg and the tool’s creators showed how you can use Graph Search to dig through Facebook to find exactly who or what you want to find.

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Kelly Hildebrandt and Kelly Hildebrandt, the Facebook couple who met, fell in love and got married all because they have the same name, are getting divorced.

Kelly Hildebrandt Photo

The pair with matching names made news when they tied the knot in 2009. But both Kelly Hildebrandts came to realize that sharing a name wasn't enough.

“She’s a Florida girl, and I’m a Texas guy,” Kelly Carl Hildebrandt (the guy) told Miami news station NBC 6. “We really did come from pretty different worlds.”

The romance started in the same world: Facebook.

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Suspended for a Facebook post? Believe it, as an eighth-grade student in Vietnam learned the hard way after posting a parody of a speech by Ho Chi Minh.

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In the same week that an activist was jailed for insulting Kuwait’s leader on Twitter, Nguyen Thanh Vy, 14, was suspended from school in Hanoi for a Facebook post.

School principal Nguyen Tan Si said the parody of the revolutionary leader's speech, in December, “had criticized the first term exam and insulted the teachers.”

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Mark Zuckerberg's sister Randi accidentally shared a private family photo, apparently confused by or unable to grasp Facebook's privacy settings.

How's that for the definition of irony?

Zuckerberg Family Photo

Randi Zuckerberg, the former head of marketing for Facebook and the executive producer of Bravo's reality series Silicon Valley, posted the above photo on Facebook.

The candid family picture is of Randi and her family (including sister Arielle Zuckerberg and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg) reacting to the new Poke app.

The problem arose when Callie Schweitzer, director of marketing and projects at VoxMedia, saw the photo on Facebook, but posted it publicly on Twitter.

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