Facebook simplifies Messenger design, promises Dark Mode soon

Facebook Messenger has been redesigned with a simpler user interface. There are also color gradients in your chats now and a Dark Mode coming soon.Read More Social – VentureBeat

Marketing Day: Google privacy controls, Facebook Messenger 4, SMX West 2019

Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web. The post Marketing Day: Google privacy controls, Facebook Messenger 4, SMX West 2019 appeared first on Marketing Land. Please visit Marketing Land for the full article. Marketing Land – Internet Marketing News, Strategies & […]

Messenger redesigns to clean up Facebook’s mess

If Facebook Messenger’s redesign succeeds, you won’t really notice it even happened. I hardly did over the past week of testing. There’s just a subtle sense that the claustrophobia has lifted. Perhaps that’s why Facebook decided to throw a big breakfast press event with 30 reporters today at its new downtown San Francisco office, complete […]

China’s fast-rising Bullet Messenger hit with copyright complaint

Bullet Messenger, a fast-rising Chinese messaging upstart that’s gunning to take on local behemoth, WeChat, has been pulled from the iOS App Store owing to what its owners couch as a copyright complaint. Reuters reported the development earlier, saying Bullet’s owner, Beijing-based Kuairu Technology, claimed in a social media posting that the app had been taken down […]

Facebook debuts Portal and Portal+ with AI-enhanced Messenger video calls and Amazon’s Alexa

Facebook today unveiled its first-ever consumer electronic device built from the ground up. Portal and Portal+ can display photos and videos posted by friends on Facebook and are made for AI-enhanced video calls with Facebook Messenger, an app with 1.3 billion monthly active users. The devices will be able to speak with Amazon’s Alexa and […]

Facebook Messenger internally tests voice commands for chat, calls

Facebook Messenger could soon let you user your voice to dictate and send messages, initiate voice calls, and create reminders. Messenger for Android’s code reveals a new M assistant button atop the message thread screen that activates listening for voice commands for those functionalities. Voice control could make Messenger simpler to use hands-free or while […]

Pigeon wants to be Reddit for Facebook Messenger

Advance Local today announced the launch of Pigeon, a meme-sharing Facebook Messenger bot that gives anonymous users the ability to share content or vote up or down posts shared by other users. Initial trials began in late 2017 with memes, cartoon strips, funny tweets, and other forms of sticky visual content. With the launch out […]

Facebook and Messenger Stories now claim a combined 300 million daily active users

Facebook announced today at a press event in New York City that Stories now has 300 million daily active users across Messenger and Facebook. The company also shed additional light on how it seeks to draw more users and advertisers into Stories. Across Facebook’s family of apps, Instagram Stories still has the most daily active […]

Facebook Messenger assistant M can now translate French

Facebook Messenger today announced that intelligent assistant M can now translate conversations from English, French, and Spanish in France, Mexico, and the United States. M Translations in French is the latest intelligent assistant upgrade for France, following Google Assistant multilingual support in August for a number of languages including Fre…Read More Social – VentureBeat

U.S. government wants Facebook to break Messenger encryption for a criminal investigation

(Reuters) — The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable […]