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Facebook Says It's Not Building a Phone

Facebook denies a report over the weekend from <I>TechCrunch.com </I> that it is building a mobile phone.

PALO ALTO, California (

TheStreet

) --

Facebook

denies a report over the weekend from

TechCrunch.com

that it is building a mobile phone.

A Facebook spokesman told

Reuters

the social networking Web site "is not building a phone." Facebook's current projects include "deeper integrations with some manufacturers."

"Our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were social, so integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating systems is a good way to enable this," spokesman Jaime Schopflin told

Reuters

.

TechCrunch.com

, citing a source with knowledge of the project, said Facebook is building the software for the phone and working with a third party to build the hardware, just as

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Facebook specifically wants to integrate deeply into the contacts list and other core functions of the phone, and can only do so if it controls the operating system,

TechCrunch.com

reports.

Two high-level Facebook employees -- Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos -- are said to be secretly working on the project, which is unknown even to most Facebook staff. They both have deep operating system experience, according to

TechCrunch.com

.

-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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