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  • Facebook Messenger’s PM director Martinazzi leaves after launching Day

    Facebook Messenger’s PM director Martinazzi leaves after launching Day

    Completing almost 8 years at Facebook, Director of Product Management Peter Martinazzi has left the company. His last product, Messenger Day, shipped on Thursday. He worked with the growth team in some of Facebook’s breakout years before the IPO, and ran all of Messenger product during its modernizing 3.0 redesign in 2013. Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Day launches as a Snapchat Stories clone for making plans

    Facebook Messenger Day launches as a Snapchat Stories clone for making plans

    Facebook is globally launching Messenger Day to put a utilitarian spin on the slideshow format. While Snapchat Stories is for retelling what you’ve done, Messenger Day’s “Who’s up for?” filters and Active Now indicators help you find friends to chat and meet up with. Read More

  • Facebook tests reactions and Dislike button (!) on messages

    Facebook tests reactions and Dislike button (!) on messages

    Facebook finally has a Dislike button, but it’s not where you’d expect. How do you reply to a specific message in a rapid-fire chat thread? Facebook wants you to attach emojis to your friends’ messages the same way you do with News Feed posts.     TechCrunch reader Hoan Do sent us a tip that Facebook Messenger is showing some users a Reactions option. When you… Read More

  • Octane AI boldly bets that Convos are the future of content

    Octane AI boldly bets that Convos are the future of content

    One billion people use Facebook Messenger every month. And no matter how bad the current perceptions of the bot scene are, that number is hard to ignore. Octane AI is counting on celebrity content creators to build conversational experiences that people actually want to have. With its public launch and the rollout of its content creation platform Convos, the Octane team is taking a gamble on… Read More

  • Facebook on course to be the WeChat of the West, says Gartner

    Facebook on course to be the WeChat of the West, says Gartner

    It’s the beginning of the end for smartphone apps as we have known and tapped on them, reckons Gartner. The analyst is calling the start of a “post-apps” era, based on changes in consumer interactions that appear driven, in large part, by the rise of dominant messaging platforms designed to consume more and more of mobile users’ time and attention. Read More

  • 400M people use Facebook Messenger audio and video calling each month

    400M people use Facebook Messenger audio and video calling each month

    Facebook’s push for video goes well beyond the News Feed. On today’s earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg said 400 million people are making audio and video calls each month, up swiftly from 300 million in just September. That’s partly thanks to the December launch of multi-screen group video chat that looks similar to fast-rising startup Houseparty. Messenger is starting to become… Read More

  • Buy tickets to the Crunchies using our Facebook Messenger bot

    Buy tickets to the Crunchies using our Facebook Messenger bot

    Here’s a fast and easy way to buy tickets to the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards in San Francisco: TechCrunch’s Messenger bot. Type the word “crunchies” into our Messenger bot or click here to purchase tickets with just a few clicks. After purchasing the ticket, the bot will also send a scannable QR code. Everything is done within Messenger. Take a look at how it… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger launches 6-screen group video chat with selfie masks

    Facebook Messenger launches 6-screen group video chat with selfie masks

    Teen app sensation Houseparty will get some competition as Facebook Messenger is launching its own split-screen group video chat feature. Six users can appear in split-screen at the time and don Snapchat-style selfie masks, while 50 total can listen and talk over voice while sending text, stickers, emojis, and GIFs. The feature could make a Messenger a place to “livechill”… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger strikes at Skype with desktop group voice calling

    Facebook Messenger strikes at Skype with desktop group voice calling

    We might finally get to stop asking, “Wait, what’s your Skype name?” thanks to a test of new Facebook group audio calling on desktop. Facebook launched group voice calls on its mobile Messenger app in April, and now it’s working out the kinks to bring the feature to your home and office. It could become a useful alternative to traditional conference calls by… Read More

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