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Facebook acquires AI startup Ozlo to boost Messenger bots

Facebook has acquired Ozlo, a conversational AI service launched in October 2016. The company's platform offers rich intelligence capabilities that can interpret the meaning of textual conversations, making it a clear fit for Facebook's Messenger.

Facebook embarks on aggressive strategy to monetise Messenger

Facebook is planning to use its Messenger mobile chat service to attract advertisers away from purchasing banner ads on websites. The company wants to monetise conversations, showing you ads between messages that it believes will increase engagement.

Facebook to bombard 1.2 billion Messenger users with gigantic ads

Facebook has announced it is commencing the global rollout of Messenger adverts. Facebook has previously left Messenger out of its ad network but now the potential revenue to be made from its 1.2 billion users has proved irresistible.

Facebook Messenger video chats get animated masks and filters

Facebook has released a new update for Messenger that adds a slew of features around video chats. The company has brought its filters and masks for photos to video content too, drawing more parallels with rival Snapchat.

Spotify lets you build playlists with your Facebook friends

Spotify has announced a new integration with Facebook Messenger that lets you and your friends create music playlists with the bot. Designed for use on social occasions like parties, it lets anyone add to the playlist to create the perfect soundtrack.

Skype is getting an overhaul that makes it work like Snapchat

Microsoft has announced the biggest update to Skype in years. The app is getting a fresh new design and new features that evolve it from a pure communications platform into a form of social media. The company has obviously taken inspiration from Snapchat.

Facebook rolls out games to every Messenger user

Facebook has announced it is expanding the roll-out of Messenger's Instant Games platform to every user. The feature lets you play competitive games with friends from within the Messenger app, including support for score boards and tournaments.

Facebook thinks Messenger can replace the Yellow Pages

Facebook has announced the second generation of its Messenger bot platform, giving developers new tools to create intelligent services on Messenger. The company said it wants Messenger to replace the Yellow Pages, connecting you straight to businesses.

Facebook Messenger reaches another incredible milestone

Facebook Messenger is now used by over 1.2 billion people every month, making it one of the most successful apps ever created. Messenger is now twice as popular as Instagram, another Facebook property, having overcome initial scepticism at its launch.

Facebook adds suggestions to its Messenger assistant

Facebook has updated M, the digital assistant inside its Messenger app, with the ability to make suggestions. The company is pitching the feature as a way to sustain conversations by suggesting relevant content that keeps messages flowing.

Facebook unveils location tracking 'Live Location' feature

Facebook has announced a new Messenger feature that lets you share your location with your friends and family for a limited period of time. It's similar to the location tracking feature recently added to Google Maps and carries the same privacy concerns.

Facebook launches Messenger Reactions and Mentions

Facebook has announced it is bringing its Reactions feature to Messenger. Reactions let you respond to a message with an emoji that signifies your feeling. The company is also launching Mentions for Messenger to include other people in a chat.

Facebook testing new comments design that looks like Messenger

Facebook is trialling a new design for its comments feed on mobile devices that closely resembles the current formatting of chat threads in Messenger. It suggests the company is trying to make comments more conversational to increase engagement.

Facebook's 'Messenger Day' Snapchat clone launches worldwide

Facebook is rolling out a new Messenger feature that adds a carbon copy of Snapchat to the immensely popular messaging app. Messenger Day lets you share ephemeral images with your friends. Predictably, they scroll in a carousel and vanish after 24 hours.

BBC uses Facebook Messenger bot to reconnect you with nature

The BBC has announced a new Facebook Messenger bot to tie in with the U.S. launch of its Planet Earth II nature documentary. The bot builds you a personalised video of wildlife highlights based on your responses to a few simple questions.

Facebook Messenger gets a new camera that's basically Snapchat

Facebook has unveiled an overhaul of Messenger's in-app camera that turns the chat app into another Snapchat clone. You can now create photo art in message threads. Facebook is experimenting with features lifted from Snapchat in all its major properties.

Facebook brings games to Messenger

Facebook has announced you can now play games from within Messenger. The app includes a selection of social "instant games" that will augment conversations with fun and competition. Games can be played with friends you're already connected to.

Facebook Messenger wants to help you find something to talk about

Facebook is preparing a new Messenger feature that will let the app suggest conversation topics to you. Messenger will guide you towards interesting discussions with your friends, keeping you engaged on the platform for longer and increasing app usage.

Facebook unveils 'Messenger Lite' as alternative to bloated app

Facebook's rapid expansion of its standalone Messenger app with new features and capabilities has threatened to leave some users behind. Today, the company addressed the app's bloated state with the launch of Messenger Lite, a scaled-down alternative.

Facebook using Messenger AI to prompt you to pay friends back

Facebook has revealed it is testing a new Messenger feature that will allow the app to remind you to pay friends back. Facebook Messenger can already be used to send payments. It can now detect when you've loaned money from friends to make you repay.

Advertising bots can now talk to you on Facebook Messenger

Facebook has updated its chatbot policies to allow AI-controlled ad bots onto Facebook Messenger. Messenger bots are now allowed to canvas products to you, send you promotions and engage in subscription-based conversations in a rethinking of the rules.

Facebook Messenger reaches one billion monthly active users

Facebook Messenger has crossed the one billion user mark, becoming one of few online services to gain such a following. The standalone messaging app is rapidly expanding to include new features that are proving to be popular and attractive to new users.

Order pizza from Facebook Messenger with Pizza Hut's new chatbot

Pizza chain Pizza Hut has announced it has created a chatbot utility for Facebook Messenger and Twitter. Pizza Hut customers can now order food by "talking" to the firm's digital assistant in messaging threads as the company moves to "social ordering."

Facebook announces encryption is coming to Messenger

Facebook has begun a trial of protecting Messenger conversations with end-to-end encryption, preventing them from being intercepted by third parties before they reach their intended recipient. It will allow it to rival other encrypted apps.

Facebook Messenger is getting a radical redesign with a new home

Facebook has announced a major redesign of its standalone Messenger app for iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices. The company has added an all-new home screen to the app that uses a modular design. It replaces the current list of recent conversations.

Facebook Messenger flaw lets hackers hijack your conversations

A serious flaw in Facebook Messenger, a service used by over 900 million people worldwide, could have allowed hackers to hijack your conversations and pose as your contacts. The vulnerability could have been used to host other malware.

WhatsApp now free as $1 annual subscription charge ends

Facebook-owned WhatsApp, the data-based messaging app used by almost a billion people worldwide, has announced it is dropping its $1 annual subscription fee and turning itself into a completely free service. It has pledged not to turn to adverts instead.

Facebook unveils video calls for Messenger app

In the midst of increasing competition from rival apps, Facebook announces the introduction of video calls to its Messenger service.

Facebook is releasing a new TV ad in the U.S.

Facebook is launching an advertising campaign in the US, across TV, outdoor, cinema and online on Sunday that is aiming to get Americans to use its standalone app Messenger in more creative ways.

You could soon send friends money using Facebook Messenger

PayPal, Venmo, Square, and even Clinkle might have a new competitor on the horizon: Facebook Messenger. According to hacked screenshots...
 

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Facebook Messenger reached 1 billion monthly active users on 20/07/2016
Facebook Messenger reached 1 billion monthly active users on 20/07/2016
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Facebook Messenger s camera overhaul 15/12/2016
Facebook Messenger's camera overhaul 15/12/2016
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Facebook Messenger s camera overhaul 15/12/2016
Facebook Messenger's camera overhaul 15/12/2016
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Facebook Messenger Day
Facebook Messenger Day
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Instant Games on Messenger
Instant Games on Messenger
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Facebook Mesenger is getting a new home screen design
Facebook Mesenger is getting a new home screen design
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Facebook Messenger s camera overhaul 15/12/2016
Facebook Messenger's camera overhaul 15/12/2016
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Pizza Hut s upcoming Facebook Messenger chatbot [Image from Pizza Hut via Engadget]
Pizza Hut's upcoming Facebook Messenger chatbot [Image from Pizza Hut via Engadget]
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Facebook Messenger Day
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Instant Games on Messenger
Instant Games on Messenger
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Secret conversations in Facebook Messenger
Secret conversations in Facebook Messenger
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Instant Games on Messenger
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Facebook Mesenger is getting a new home screen design
Facebook Mesenger is getting a new home screen design
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Screengrab from the Facebook TV ad "Say love you better"
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Facebook Messenger now has over 1.2 billion monthly active users as of April 2017
Facebook Messenger now has over 1.2 billion monthly active users as of April 2017
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Messenger Instant Games
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