Facebook quashes Phone rumors, unveils key announcements about mobile platform

Quashing all the rumors about a Facebook Branded phone; the social giant made a number of announcements about its mobile platform at a press event in Palo Alto.

The three key mobile-platform announcements are:

1) the release of a single sign-on tool, allowing people to access other applications with their Facebook credentials;
2) the opening up of Facebook Places API so that developers can integrate it with other location-based applications;
3) and the launch of Deals, which lets retailers find Facebook members in their neighbourhood and offer them discounts as an incentive to visit. --------

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