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Facebook is killing messaging in its main mobile app and pushing Facebook Messenger

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Facebook is completing the separation of its main social network and its messaging service. If you want to send messages via Facebook on mobile, you’ll need to download the Facebook Messenger app soon. First reported by TechCrunch, this shouldn’t surprise anyone that uses Facebook Messenger app on iOS or Android. While messaging with a person that is still using the messaging feature in the main Facebook app, you get a pop-up to tell your friend to download Facebook Messenger app. Plus, Facebook has already separated the feature from the Facebook app in several European countries. Facebook sent TNW the following statement: In the next…

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Rising Share Prices Could Ignite A New Tech Acquisition Spree

moneybags In early 2014, a number of high-profile acquisitions were locked in at prices that many found confusing. The good times are probably coming back.
Companies that compete across numerous technology strata like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook are trading near record highs — or at least, the highest prices they’ve seen in a decade.
Those same companies are all incredibly cash-rich. Read More

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Bolt’s Founder Asks Instagram To Rename Its Forthcoming Photo Messaging App, Or Face A Legal Battle

two-bolts The developer behind the mobile voice app Bolt is none too pleased with Instagram’s decision to launch what appears to be a new mobile messaging app by the same name. The founder, Andrew Benton, has published a blog post imploring the company to reconsider its name choice to avoid a legal battle. “We know it’s a great name, because we chose it last year when we set out to build… Read More

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On The Importance Of Forgetting

10574439473_4f87b29251_z The ongoing debate about Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling on search engines has shone a light onto a key pressure point between technology and society. Simply put the ability of digital technology to remember clashes with the human societal need to forgive and forget. Read More

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11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want to Miss This Week (7/25)

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don't Want to Miss This Week It was earnings week at TechCrunch, so most of the coverage was dominated by reports about Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and Pandora. Fortunately there were a ton of other great stories from our writers. Here are the top stories from 7/19 to 7/25 on TechCrunch. No one thought Facebook’s earnings would be this good. They set revenue per user records around the world, and… Read More

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How Informed Consent Has Failed

shutterstock_180430088 “That is like saying a ride on horseback is materially indistinguishable from a flight to the moon.” – Chief Justice Roberts in Riley v. California, dismissing the comparison of smartphones to physical items The quote above from Chief Justice Roberts in Riley v. California has implications far beyond the holding of that case. In rejecting the government’s… Read More

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Are you sexist and you don’t know it? Why you should ask yourself that if you’re in tech

Startup hubs like to portray themselves as meritocracies but sexism is pervasive. To a man it may not be apparent. To a woman it can feel like a thousand cuts.

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Uber and Facebook reportedly in talks to bring car service to Messenger

During Facebook’s Q2 earning’s call, CEO, Mark Zuckerberg talked about the messaging space and how it relates to Messenger. According to Recode, he’s doing more than just talking. Recode reports that Zuckerberg has chatted with Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick about adding the service to Facebook Messenger. According to sources, the service would be embedded in Messenger. How that would work exactly isn’t known. But, if the deal does come together, it would give Messenger a feature none of the other messaging apps currently possess and give Uber access to potentially 200 million customers that use Facebook’s mobile messaging app a month. ➤ Facebook and Uber…

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