Messenger

  • You can now PayPal friends in Messenger and get help via chat

    You can now PayPal friends in Messenger and get help via chat

    PayPal users in the U.S. will now be able to send and receive person-to-person payments over Facebook Messenger, the company announced this morning. The deeper integration with Messenger’s platform, which will also include PayPal’s first customer service bot for handling customer questions and requests for help, follows a series of tie-ups between the two companies. Last year… Read More

  • Facebook is full of bloatware

    Facebook is full of bloatware

    I’m getting a dark techie feeling lately that I hoped I wouldn’t return to: it’s the sensation I had when I cracked open my new Dell Inspiron laptop in 2005 and was left grappling with all the bloatware already clogging my 60gb hard drive. This time that feeling comes when I open up the Facebook or Messenger apps. There’s honestly just too much stuff, too many… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Most-Viewed YouTube Video of All Time

    Wiz Khalifa’s music video for “See you again” is the new most-viewed video on YouTube, Elon Musk buys back X.com domain name, Toyota launches an AI fund and Facebook tests display ads in Messenger. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Facebook’s Messenger ads are bad and must be destroyed

    Facebook’s Messenger ads are bad and must be destroyed

    When Facebook removed messages from the main app, I swore I would never download Messenger. That’s been a pretty easy promise to keep, especially since they introduced the idea of huge ads that take up half your screen while you try to use the service. Today Facebook redesigned them as part of a larger rollout — but fixed none of the reasons these ads are bad and should be destroyed. Read More

  • Facebook Messenger debuts a new look focused on improving navigation

    Facebook Messenger debuts a new look focused on improving navigation

    Facebook Messenger is getting a new look. No, it’s not getting rid of its Stories feature, Messenger Day, but is instead making a series a smaller changes to the way the content on its home screen is organized in an effort to speed navigation and help you pick up where you left off on your last visit. The update introduces new tabs to the top of Messenger’s main screen for… Read More

  • Spotify is launching a Messenger bot for sharing song clips with friends

    Spotify is launching a Messenger bot for sharing song clips with friends

    Spotify will be launching a bot for Facebook Messenger users that lets friends discover and share music directly in their chats. The bot, which takes advantage of Facebook’s soon-to-launch chat extensions, includes search tools, music recommendations, and sharing functionality for sending 30-second song clips to friends that can either be listened to within Messenger, or launched in… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger now supports group payments

    Facebook Messenger now supports group payments

    Facebook introduced person-to-person payments within Messenger in early 2015, but today the company announced the feature is expanding to support groups, as well. The payments feature essentially works the same in group chats as in private ones, but now allows users to pay either everyone in the group or individual members through a click of the payments icon. Read More

  • Crunch Report | Amazon Buys Souq

    Amazon buys Souq, the “Amazon of the Middle East,” Apple acquires Workflow, Instagram blurs sensitive photos and adds two-factor authorization while Facebook rolls out mention alerts and reaction emoji and the latest list of Mac exploits from WikiLeaks. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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