Messaging War

By Hoan Do | Cyber-war of Messaging Apps

Facebook At Work is launching next month

Facebook is ready to make work as addictive as socializing. The company is ready to launch its enterprise communication and collaboration network Facebook @ Work in the next few weeks on a per seat pricing model, The Information first reported and a source close to Facebook confirmed to …

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Inside The Making Of Allo, Google’s AI-Powered Messaging App

Google's plan for beating apple and Facebook in the messaging wars.<p>Let the Great Messaging War of 2017 begin. Today, Google is launching Allo, a revamped messaging app meant to compete with the likes of Apple Messages and Facebook Messenger—two products that in recent months have steadily unveiled …

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Facebook won’t charge merchants for using Messenger’s new pay function

Facebook will never take money from businesses or merchants that utilize the new ability to pay for products or services inside Messenger bots, said Facebook Head of Product for Messaging at Facebook Stan Chudnovsky.<p>On Monday, the Facebook Messenger team announced that it’s working with several …

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Facebook Messenger’s source code reveals hidden Rooms feature

Facebook Messenger has built an unreleased feature called Rooms that lets groups publicly chat about different subjects and events. Buried in Messenger’s iOS app’s source code are multiple references to the feature, with some explanation of how it works.<p>The code shows: “Introducing rooms”, “Rooms …

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Microsoft is reportedly working on a Slack competitor

Microsoft is taking Slack head on, and reportedly doing it under the Skype umbrella. According to <i>MSPowerUser</i>, the software giant is developing new messaging software that closely mirrors Slack functionality. The new effort is called Skype Teams, and it promises to cater to the the same large teams …

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Messenger launches 'Instant Video' for video calls on steroids

Facebook is adding an ‘instant video’ feature to Messenger, which allows you to view and share a video feeds with your friends while you chat.<p>But wait, Facebook already has video chat, right? The difference with Instant Video is that you can actually send text messages as you video call; it’s meant …

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WhatsApp’s Privacy Cred Just Took a Big Hit

For the first time since even before Facebook acquired it in a whopping $19 billion acquisition two years ago, WhatsApp has changed its terms of …

Privacy

Google Duo arrives to take on FaceTime

Google Duo, a new video chat app that works exclusively on phones, is getting released today. I've been using it for about a week and I can tell you that it's fast, easy to use, and devoid of complicated bells and whistles. You tap on the face of the person you want to call, they answer, and you …

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Google will 'increasingly focus' Hangouts on business customers

Going forward, Allo and Duo will be Google's main consumer-focused chat apps.<p>It's been more than three years since Google formally launched Hangouts. It was an effort to take the popular Google Talk IM app into the mobile age, but it came late to the party. Lots of competitors like Whatsapp, …

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Open-source Wire messenger gets encrypted screen-sharing

Chat app Wire has been rapidly adding feature as of late as it looks to gain some traction against the myriad of competitors out there. The latest trick in its arsenal is screen sharing.<p>Now you can click on the new screen-sharing button to, well, share your screen during a call (if you’re on a …

Screen Sharing

Why Facebook or Twitter won’t own business messaging

Only a few years ago it seemed like Facebook and Google alone were battling it out to win the social network war.<p>The structure of the internet was …

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Google aqui-hires deep search engine Kifi to enhance its Spaces group chat app

Google has made another small acquisition to help it continue building out its latest efforts in social apps. The search and Android giant has hired the team behind Kifi, a startup that was building extensions to collect and search links shared in social apps, as well as provide recommendations for …

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Facebook Messenger is testing self-destroying 'secret conversations'

Facebook Messenger’s David Marcus today announced that the platform will be testing a new feature that lets you set a timer for your conversations to disappear.<p>The feature, called “Secret Conversations,” promises to encrypt messages end-to-end from both the sender and the recipient. Users can set a …

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You can now book Uber carpools in Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger just made it a little bit easier to book an UberPOOL ride.<p>It works like this: Open up a messenger conversation, click on the three-dot menu button, and select ‘Request a Ride’. You’ll then have the option to request a ride just for yourself, or for you and your friend. Request …

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Messenger now has virtual monkeys, courtesy of Yahoo

What’s a poor beleaguered brand like Yahoo to do? Use its smart engineers to jump on the hottest trend, of course. Today the company is launching a bot that simulates a pet monkey for Facebook Messenger. Oh, and a few slightly more useful bots, too, like ones that will tell you about the weather, …

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Exclusive: Why Microsoft is betting its future on AI

Satya Nadella bounded into the conference room, eager to talk about intelligence. I was at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, WA, and the company’s CEO was touting the company's progress in building more intelligent apps and services. Each morning, he told me, he puts on a HoloLens, which enables …

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WhatsApp Now Encrypts All Messaging For Its Billion Users

A step toward making privacy universal<p>Messaging giant WhatsApp, which transmits conversations consisting of text, photos, videos, and location sharing, just turned on complete encryption for nearly one billion people. This means that no matter what happens, neither WhatsApp nor anyone else …

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Facebook Messenger now has 11,000 chatbots for you to try

Facebook today released new statistics on the growth of chatbots on its Messenger app and announced new features related to chatbots.<p>Since the chatbot platform launched in April, more than 11,000 bots have been added to Messenger, Facebook vice president of messaging products David Marcus wrote in …

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Facebook tests new option that pushes users to send money on Messenger

Facebook is testing a new option designed to highlight the company’s ability to handle person-to-person payments through its Messenger chat application. The company confirmed it has added a new option in its flagship app’s main navigation titled “Send or Request Money.” The feature will move …

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Messaging app LINE sets price range for possible July IPO, poised to raise over $1 billion

LINE Corp., makers of a messaging app that’s gone mainstream in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan, has set a price range for an initial public offering on the Tokyo and New York Stock exchanges in July. Its shares would be priced between 2,700 and 3,200 yen, or about $26.50-$31.50 per share.<p>As The Wall …

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Slack just made apps for its chat service way more useful

Workplace chat service Slack will now let users interact with third-party services without ever having to leave the app. The new feature, called message buttons, lets companies create interactive Slack apps for performing tasks from within the chat window, like approving expense reports or booking …

Software

Facebook rolls out a new look for Messenger

Following this week’s news that Messenger for Android users can now use the app for SMS, Facebook announced this morning a new look for its mobile messaging app that aims to offer more than just a simple list of recent conversations. While those will remain at the top of the screen, they’ll now be …

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Microsoft buys Wand Labs to add more natural language tech to messaging apps and bots

Microsoft, hot on the heels of the news that it is buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, has announced yet another acquisition, this time in the area of natural language and artificial intelligence: the company has purchased Wand Labs, a startup that develops messaging apps — and specifically …

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Telegram rolls out message drafts, picture in picture for iOS, video player for Android

Telegram, a messaging app with an end-to-end encrypted Secret Chat mode, today announced the launch of message drafts. It’s something that’s come to Twitter on mobile but that’s not available in many messaging apps.<p>“Unfinished messages are now clearly visible in the chats list, and the chat with an …

Mobile

What 300 million users taught Kik about chatbots

Traditional chat apps gather metrics around message volume or time spent in app.<p>But as bots begin to enter the chat space in a much bigger way, allowing users to carry out commerce, play games, and meet personalities, Kik thinks it’s time to rethink the metrics used to prove the success of a bot or …

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Apple turbocharges Messages in iOS 10 with smart emoji and more

The Messages app is getting a ton of new features in iOS 10.<p>At WWDC, Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi showed a number of new additions to the Messages app including smarter emoji entry.<p>Entering emojis is no longer a pain in the butt that requires you to hunt for …

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Facebook is disabling messaging in its mobile web app to push people to Messenger

Facebook is removing the messaging capability from its mobile web application, according to a notice being served to users: “Your conversations are moving to Messenger,” it reads. Welcome news to the millions like me who switched to the web app in order to avoid Messenger in the first place!<p>At the …

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Battle of the chat bots: Kik vs Facebook

Google Allo is a new chat app that's as smart as Facebook Messenger without using bots

Today at Google I/O, CEO Sundar Pichai announced some new tweaks for Google Photos, which he says now has over 200 million users. You’ll now be able to communicate via Photos with two new apps — yes, really.<p>A new messaging app named Allo is a “smart messaging app” that learns over time to be more …

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