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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Facebook denies they're building a phone as rumors resuface

By Hayley Tsukayama

Facebook has denied a fresh set of rumors that they've built a phone.

The rumor, which has been floated in the past, resurfaced this week as reports from a London-based newspaper, City A.M., claimed that Facebook had teamed up with HTC on two handsets to debut at this month's Mobile World Congress.

But Facebook's head of business development told journalists in London that the phones in question were not going to carry Facebook branding. "This is really just another example of a manufacturer who has taken our public APIs (application programing interfaces) and integrated them into their device in an interesting way," Reuters reported.

A surprise feature that popped on some users' Facebook profiles has some wondering if Facebook is getting into the phone business. Screen shots of a "Call" button on some users' Facebook pages appeared on The Daily What and other sites, and Boy Genius Report heard from someone claiming to have been in a Facebook focus group talking about a cloud-based handset.

Endgadget and others suspect that the call button on Facebook is the result of the social network's partnership with Skype, and that VoIP may be headed to Facebook soon.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 27, 2011; 12:11 PM ET
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