Messaging War

By Hoan Do | Cyber-war of Messaging Apps

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 …

The Future

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 release new statistics on the growth of chatbots on its Messenger messaging app and also 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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

High-level article about Kik's bot strategy. It brings up Kik Points (i.e. Kik Currency). Companies pay Kik to award points to users, after watching …

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 …

Google Duo makes mobile video calls fast and simple

Google is releasing a new video calling app later this summer. It's called Duo, and it's probably the fastest and simplest video calling app I've ever seen. Like its companion chat app, Allo, Duo is mobile-only. It uses your phone number as an identifier, and it will work on both iOS and …

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WhatsApp preparing to roll out video calling to beta users

A beta version of WhatsApp for Android included the option to initiate a video call. The feature was not active for most users, and it was removed …

Google's new Spaces app mixes chat, YouTube, and Chrome

With Google+ dying a slow death, Google has been looking for other ways to help users share content online. Its latest attempt is a new standalone app for group discussions on specific topics called Spaces.<p>It’s simple enough: you create a ‘Space’ dedicated to a particular interest, and then invite …

Chat app Line begins offering delivery on-demand services

The future of mobile messaging is pointing towards services, but don’t assume that only applies to digital offerings like money transfers and shopping. Japan’s Line, one of the world’s most used chat apps, has just made a move into on-demand services.<p>The pilot move is initially in Thailand — one of …

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Techmeme Top: Microsoft to launch SharePoint iOS and Andriod apps later this quarter

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Techmeme Top: Profile of AI assistant Viv, which sources say has received bids from Google and Facebook

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Techmeme Top: Brazil judge overturns 72-hour suspension of WhatsApp

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Warren Buffett Bashes Hedge Funds at Annual Meeting

Says hedge funds are good for Wall Street, bad for investors.<p>Warren Buffett nibbled on sweets during his presentation to shareholders on Saturday but he took a bite out of hedge fund managers.<p>The storied stockpicker—speaking at a table festooned with Berkshire Hathaway BRK.A -owned See’s Candies at …

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