TechCrunch launches a personalized news recommendations bot on Facebook Messenger

We're excited to announce the launch of the first cross-platform and personalized news recommendations bot on Facebook Messenger. The bot is part of Facebook's "Agents for Messenger" program revealed

13 TechCrunch stories you don’t want to miss this week

It was a futuristic week in tech as Facebook laid out its 10 year plan at F8, SpaceX landed a rocket on a drone ship in the middle of the ocean, and another $100M was pledged to send spacecraft to Alp

Facebook’s new chatbots still need work

Facebook debuted chatbots for Messenger this week to much fanfare, promising consumers a new way to interact with their favorite businesses over the company's popular messaging service. The idea is th

Everything announced at Facebook’s F8 conference

This means developers will now be able to use React Native to write apps for the Windows laptops, tablets and phones, as well as Samsung devices that run on Tizen, including some of its smartwatches a

Facebook will soon be able to automatically tag your friends in videos

Facebook is making big strides in using its artificial intelligence systems for image recognition, but it’s also working on bringing this technology to video. As the company demoed at its F8 de

Facebook’s Terragraph and ARIES antennas bring Internet to underserved areas

Probably the most impressive of Facebook’s connectivity projects is its solar-powered Aquila drone for enabling Internet access in remote areas. But while the technology behind Aquila is impre

Facebook’s React Native gets backing from Microsoft and Samsung

React Native was originally developed by Facebook to allow its developers to take React, a framework for helping developers build single-page apps the company developed in-house, and allow them to us

Facebook’s Instant Articles is now open to all publishers

As previously announced, Facebook today opened its Instant Articles format to all developers. Using Instant Articles, publishers can show Facebook mobile users a fast-loading and mostly distraction-fr

Salesforce and Zendesk want to help brands manage Facebook Messenger traffic

No sooner had Facebook announced it was opening up Messenger for developers to build bots, when two players with an eye on sales and service in the enterprise — Salesforce and Zendesk —

Facebook launches video Rights Manager to combat freebooting

There’s an epidemic of stolen videos on Facebook. Business Pages rip videos from YouTube, TV or other Pages, and then post them on Facebook as their own to gain more engagement and fans. This is

Facebook starts allowing “Sponsored Messages” ads

Facebook launched its Messenger chatbot platform today, but how will it make money on it? By charging businesses to send re-engagement messages to people who’ve already voluntarily started a con

Facebook lets users record Facebook profile videos in third-party apps

Facebook today launched the Facebook Profile Expression Kit, which gives third-party developers a way to publish videos recorded on their apps as profile pictures on Facebook. The service was announ

Facebook releases Bot Engine to create much smarter bots

Messenger is <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2016/04/12/agents-on-messenger/">all about bots</a> now. As expected, Facebook unveiled the Send and Receive API at its <a href="https://techcrunch.com/eve

Facebook Live opens to developers, starting with Livestream, DJI and others

Facebook Live could take live video to a new level of popularity. Now third-party developers will get a chance to participate. Today at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, the company said it

New Facebook dev tools include Account Kit, push and quote sharing

While chatbots might be the highlight of today’s F8 conference, Facebook is also releasing a slew of tools for developers that help them build, grow and monetize their apps. Despite Facebook shu

Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp combined see 3 times more messages than SMS

At Facebook’s F8 developers conference this morning, the company shared some interesting metrics related to the traction and growth of its popular messaging applications, Messenger and WhatsApp

Facebook unveils “Surround 360” open source VR camera

How can Facebook get more 360-degree video in the News Feed and VR content on Oculus? By inventing its own virtual reality camera from scratch and open sourcing it so people can build their own and s

Facebook launches Messenger platform with chatbots

Facebook will now allow businesses to deliver automated customer support, e-commerce guidance, content and interactive experiences through chatbots. By providing utility through its huge developer and