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          Facebook looking to reverse the removal of Messenger from Facebook app      Comment   Translate Page      

Facebook looking to reverse the removal of Messenger from Facebook app

Facebook has had its own Messenger app for mobile devices for nearly 8 years now, but it was five years ago they made one of the oddest and most criticized moves in the company's history.

In 2014, Facebook removed the Messenger function from its core Facebook app, and after that you had to download a separate app if you wanted to chat with your Facebook friends inside Messenger.

Many probably predicted doom and gloom for Messenger after that, but it has went on to increase its reach to over a billion people. However, it hasn't managed to gain as much traction as another messaging app owned by Facebook, WhatsApp.

Now it seems that Facebook is planning on bringing chat back to Facebook's own app. According to unreleased app feature guru Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook update is bringing Messenger functionality back to the Facebook app.

In pictures posted on Twitter, Wong shows that the Messenger icon in the top right corner of the Facebook app would open a new Chat section of the app instead of the separate Messenger app.

However, Facebook isn't planning. at least not yet, to move Messenger entirely back under its core app, since the Chat feature is fairly limited. There's no file transfer option nor is there voice or video calls.

Rumors have it that the feature will roll out to at least some of us some time in the coming months.


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          Facebook To Bring Back Chat Feature Into Its Main App: Report      Comment   Translate Page      

A recent report by the researcher┬áJane Manchun Wong reveals that Facebook is thinking of integrating the Messenger app back into the Facebook mobile app. Earlier, the messaging option was available inside the Facebook app along with the Messenger app. Facebook is bringing the Chats back to the app for preparing integrated messaging Tip @Techmeme pic.twitter.com/LABK7qrk0e […]

The post Facebook To Bring Back Chat Feature Into Its Main App: Report appeared first on Fossbytes.


          Sources: Apple is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to secure new games for its Arcade subscription service, with total budget likely to exceed $500M (Tim Bradshaw/Financial Times)      Comment   Translate Page      

Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Sources: Apple is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to secure new games for its Arcade subscription service, with total budget likely to exceed $500M  —  Apple is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to secure new video games for its forthcoming Arcade subscription service …


          An Illinois bill for banning IoT devices from collecting audio without owners' consent was substantially defanged after lobbying by the Internet Association (Sean Gallagher/Ars Technica)      Comment   Translate Page      

Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
An Illinois bill for banning IoT devices from collecting audio without owners' consent was substantially defanged after lobbying by the Internet Association  —  Lobbyists: Bill would punish even if failure to disclose was “accidental.”  —  On April 10, the Illinois State Senate passed the …


          Since 2011, a database error left more than 150,000+ young people off the jury rolls in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana (Alan Blinder/New York Times)      Comment   Translate Page      

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Since 2011, a database error left more than 150,000+ young people off the jury rolls in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana  —  BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisianans who were summoned to decide whether Grover Cannon killed a police officer were Asian, black, Hispanic and white.


          Sources: Amazon has entered into discussions to launch a free, ad-supported music service, offering a limited catalog, as early as next week (Hannah Karp/Billboard)      Comment   Translate Page      

Hannah Karp / Billboard:
Sources: Amazon has entered into discussions to launch a free, ad-supported music service, offering a limited catalog, as early as next week  —  “Alexa, play free music.”  —  Amazon has entered into discussions to launch a free, ad-supported music service, sources familiar with the plan tell Billboard …


          Interview with RIM cofounder Jim Balsillie about his advocacy against the rise of surveillance capitalism in Canada and the Sidewalk Toronto smart city project (Brian J. Barth/The Walrus)      Comment   Translate Page      

Brian J. Barth / The Walrus:
Interview with RIM cofounder Jim Balsillie about his advocacy against the rise of surveillance capitalism in Canada and the Sidewalk Toronto smart city project  —  The entrepreneur who made billions putting BlackBerrys into pockets is now sounding the alarm about Big Tech's creep toward surveillance capitalism


          A detailed look at how police forces use "geofence" warrants and Google's Sensorvault location history database to find witnesses and suspects near crime scenes (Jennifer Valentino-DeVries/New York Times)      Comment   Translate Page      

Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / New York Times:
A detailed look at how police forces use “geofence” warrants and Google's Sensorvault location history database to find witnesses and suspects near crime scenes  —  The tech giant records people's locations worldwide.  Now, investigators are using it to find suspects and witnesses near crimes …


          Twitch releases its first original game, a karaoke title called Twitch Sings, with a "go live" button to start a Twitch broadcast, available for free on Windows (Nick Statt/The Verge)      Comment   Translate Page      

Nick Statt / The Verge:
Twitch releases its first original game, a karaoke title called Twitch Sings, with a “go live” button to start a Twitch broadcast, available for free on Windows  —  The live streaming platform is getting into game development  —  Since becoming the de facto game streaming platform …


          Companies are adjusting premiums and policies for life, car, and home insurance based on new forms of surveillance enabled by tech to collect and analyze data (Sarah Jeong/New York Times)      Comment   Translate Page      

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Companies are adjusting premiums and policies for life, car, and home insurance based on new forms of surveillance enabled by tech to collect and analyze data  —  Some technologies are better left in the laboratory.  —  Ms. Jeong is a member of the editorial board.


          Facebook suffers third major outage in 2019, with all of its services down for ~2 hours on Sunday, after 24 hour outage in March, and a smaller crash in January (Olivia Carville/Bloomberg)      Comment   Translate Page      

Olivia Carville / Bloomberg:
Facebook suffers third major outage in 2019, with all of its services down for ~2 hours on Sunday, after 24 hour outage in March, and a smaller crash in January  —  - Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger down for hours  — Frustrated users took to Twitter to vent from across the world


          A look at SoftBank's "future of mobility" investments, with $60B now deployed in 40+ companies ranging from ride hailing to delivery robots to self-driving cars (Reuters)      Comment   Translate Page      

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A look at SoftBank's “future of mobility” investments, with $60B now deployed in 40+ companies ranging from ride hailing to delivery robots to self-driving cars  —  (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp leader Masayoshi Son has much bigger ambitions for transportation than simply seeing …


          Non-profit Charity: water now accepts stock donations from shareholders of private startups like Uber and Casper to share some IPO proceeds as bonuses for staff (David Gelles/New York Times)      Comment   Translate Page      

David Gelles / New York Times:
Non-profit Charity: water now accepts stock donations from shareholders of private startups like Uber and Casper to share some IPO proceeds as bonuses for staff  —  Entrepreneurs who own stakes in private companies can donate some of their equity to Charity: water.




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