We’ve heard a few more bits about Facebook’s secret phone project, which, as we reported last month, involves Facebook tinkering with Google’s Android software to make a more social mobile platform.Specifically, we’ve heard:
- Facebook’s phone project is being conducted in a “secret” other building, not inside Facebook’s main headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.
- The executive in charge of Facebook’s phone project is Chamath Palihapitiya, who is Facebook’s VP of Growth, Mobile, and International.
Palihapitiya has been at Facebook since 2007, according to his LinkedIn profile. Before his current role at Facebook, he oversaw the Facebook Platform, and “built and initially scaled Facebook’s online advertising product,” according to his company bio. Before that, he was a VC at Mayfield Fund, and worked at AOL on the AIM team.
Facebook declined to comment.
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More coverage of Facebook’s phone project:
- Mark Zuckerberg Explains Why Facebook Is Working On Phone Software: To Be A Platform, Not Just A Service
- Here’s Why Facebook Has A Secret Phone Project: It Needs To Be A Platform, Not Just A Service
- Facebook’s Secret Phone Is Using Android “For Sure”