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Facebook Messenger gets admin rights for group chats

In this modern world, some days it can feel like everything is out of your grasp. So take stock on those things that you can control. Like Messenger, Facebook’s increasingly feature-rich offshoot ap

TechCrunch’s Messenger bot gets smarter and more conversational

We've teamed up with Chatfuel and Bitext to add Bitext's NLP Middleware to the TechCrunch Messenger bot. This enhanced version adds functionality for conversational interaction, improved natural langu

Facebook adds video chat to Messenger Lite, its pared-down Android app

After bringing its pared-down Android app Messenger Lite to mature markets like the US and UK last autumn, Facebook is expanding its features to ramp up engagement. Today, the company announced that i

Facebook’s next money-maker: Messenger Broadcasts

Users might hate it, but Facebook is now testing a self-serve sponsored messaging tool for small businesses that aren’t sophisticated enough to build bots. TechCrunch first reported back in Nove

Facebook Messenger now lets you add more people to in-progress calls

Facebook Messenger now lets you add more people to a voice or video call without hanging up first. The new feature is available with the latest Android and iOS Messenger update.

Pulse Q&A wants to transform the way we gather data from CIOs

Lots of companies need to understand what CIOs are thinking, but it’s hard to get a group of busy people to give meaningful answers about the products they use or their budget priorities in publ

Facebook Messenger’s ‘Your Emoji’ status tells friends what’s up

Want to let friends know you're trying to party, hit the gym, focus on work or grab a drink? That's the idea behind a powerful new feature Facebook Messenger is testing called Your Emoji. Akin to offl

Holy moly! Facebook test was nudging me to chat with a church

Facebook says it's on a mission to de-bloat its Messenger app this year. At the same time, TechCrunch has discovered, the data-mining giant is running tests on its desktop platform to inject the Messe

Bloated Facebook Messenger promises to simplify in 2018

“The app became too cluttered,” Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus announced today in a post of plans for 2018 including “massively simplifying and streamlining Messenge

Lea’s live event assistant for Messenger makes buying tickets easier

Buying event tickets online isn't a great experience. Sites like Ticketmaster are the default, but are difficult to use and expensive. A startup called Lea wants to offer a more modern experience by c

Pinterest integrates deeper with Facebook with a new bot and messenger extension

As Pinterest looks to further expand beyond just the audience you'd expect to use it, it's going to have to start chasing down users and meet them on different territories — and that includes messag

Facebook ‘Messenger Kids’ lets under-13s chat with whom parents approve

Facebook is opening up to children under age 13 with a privacy-focused app designed to neutralize child predator threats that plague youth-focused competitors like Snapchat. Rolling out today on iOS i

Facebook prototypes Messenger Broadcast for businesses

Facebook may soon be ready to squeeze more money out of its 1.3 billion-user chat app. The company has internally developed "Messenger Broadcast," a self-serve mass-messaging interface that lets busin

Facebook Stories replaces Messenger Day with synced cross-posting

Facebook is cleaning up the redundancy in its Snapchat Stories clones. Today Facebook is killing off the Messenger Day brand and merging the chat app's stories feature with Facebook Stories. Now, ju

Facebook Messenger lets games monetize with purchases and ads

Facebook is finally giving developers a reason to build games for Messenger while also opening a new revenue stream for the chat app. After launching HTML5 'Instant Games' inside Messenger, like Pac-M

Facebook’s response to Russian election interference: ‘Bad things happen’

Facebook has come under fire for its role in influencing the U.S. presidential election, particularly when it comes to “fake news” and Russian-sponsored ads.  When asked about this at WSJ

Facebook brings data plan-saving Messenger Lite to U.S. Androids

Facebook's data-conserving version of Messenger is no longer just for developing nations with slow networks: the Messenger Lite Android app is expanding to the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland after

Crunch Report | Amazon’s New High-End Echo

Amazon reveals its high-end Echo, MIT's CSAIL developed a robot that can wear different exoskeletons, Ford and Lyft tie the knot and Delta gives people free messaging on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger a

Facebook Messenger Day hits 70M daily users as the app reaches 1.3B monthlies

Facebook has finally revealed how its Snapchat Stories clone is doing, though it's not seeing the same explosive growth as Instagram or WhatApp's versions. Messenger Day now sees 70 million daily user

WhatsApp’s first ads appear on Facebook and start convos with businesses

WhatsApp is preparing to finally monetize, and its first move follows the same strategy as Facebook Messenger. TechCrunch has discovered code in Facebook's ad manager that lets businesses buy ads with
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