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  • Facebook Will Monetize Games With Ads, Not Messenger

    Facebook Will Monetize Games With Ads, Not Messenger

    How is Facebook going to monetize Messenger? Not by featuring games in the app like Korea’s KakaoTalk, at least for now. Instead, Facebook could concentrate on solving new problems with Messenger. When I pressed Facebook’s EMEA Director of Platform Partnerships Julien Codorniou about whether Messenger would become a platform that hosts non-chat experiences, he said that Facebook… Read More

  • Facebook Now Has 1.1B Messaging App Users After Messenger Hits 500M

    Facebook Now Has 1.1B Messaging App Users After Messenger Hits 500M

    Another billion-user milestone for Facebook: The company now has over 1 billion messaging users, after today announcing that it has passed 500 million monthly active users for Messenger, on top of the 600 million active users that Facebook-owned WhatsApp now has. In Facebook’s last earnings presentation, CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted that “products don’t really get that… Read More

  • Hacked Screenshots Show Friend-To-Friend Payments Feature Hidden In Facebook Messenger

    Hacked Screenshots Show Friend-To-Friend Payments Feature Hidden In Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Messenger is all set up to allow friends to send each other money. All Facebook has to do is turn on the feature, according to screenshots and video taken using iOS app exploration developer tool Cycript by Stanford computer science student Andrew Aude. Messenger’s payment option lets users send money in a message similar to how they can send a photo. Users can add a debit card… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: More of the Same

    Gillmor Gang: More of the Same

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — split down the middle on the latest app trend known as unbundling. Foursquare begat Swarm, Facebook produced Messenger, and Yo popped out a beta with non-disclosed super powers. Tying it altogether was the seamless fabric of notifications, about to crescendo with iOS8′s app-to-app… Read More

  • Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat

    Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat

    Over the next few days, Facebook will stop allowing messaging in its main iPhone and Android apps, and force all their users around the world to download its standalone Messenger app. Facebook first started requiring users in Europe to use Messenger back in April, but after seeing “positive results” in terms of engagement, its rolling out the plan to the everyone. Facebook tells… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Finally Gets An iPad Version

    Facebook Messenger Finally Gets An iPad Version

    Three years after Facebook acquired Beluga and turned it into Messenger for smartphones, its dedicated chat app today got a version specially designed for iPad rather than just running as an enlarged iPhone app. Messenger for iPad features a multi-window interface showing a list of threads and your current conversation at the same time. Messenger had over 200 million users as of April… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Adds Tap-And-Hold Video Sharing, Another Snapchat Feature

    Facebook Messenger Adds Tap-And-Hold Video Sharing, Another Snapchat Feature

    Why tell with text when you can show with video? Facebook Messenger is diving deeper into visual communication with a new option to instantly record and send short videos, similar to Snapchat. The feature comes to iOS today and is rolling out to Android. Messenger added pre-recorded video sharing and a split-screen selfie camera in April, but now you can tap and hold the camera button to fire… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger For Android Gets Improved Photo And Video Sharing

    Facebook Messenger For Android Gets Improved Photo And Video Sharing

    Facebook’s dedicated Messenger app for Android now offers the features that hit the iOS app earlier this week, including quick access to photo and video sharing in the same window as your current conversation. The update also adds quick access to media on your camera roll, as well as single-tap routes to stickers and audio messaging. For more details, check out our longer profile here. Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Adds Video And Quicker Selfies For Snapchat-Style Visual Conversations

    Facebook Messenger Adds Video And Quicker Selfies For Snapchat-Style Visual Conversations

    People love the intimacy of communicating through photos and videos. Snapchat proved that. Now Facebook wants more of these visual conversations happening in Messenger so it’s added video sharing plus faster photo uploads and camera access in an update for iOS today that’s rolling out to Android this week. The new message composer puts the camera, photo reel, stickers, and… Read More