REPORT: Facebook Messenger to Ride with Uber?

UberiPhone650Arranging a ride home via Facebook Messenger? It could be possible down the road, as Re/code reported that Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick have engaged in preliminary discussions about adding the service, which matches available cars and riders, to the messaging application.

Re/code said neither company would comment, but a source with knowledge of the situation told it:

It’s very conceptual, and nowhere near execution, but it’s a direction that Messenger has to go in.

The potential move would fit in with Facebook’s strategy of bolstering its stand-alone apps.

And there is some Facebook blood at Uber, as former Facebook Head of International Growth Ed Baker joined Uber last September as head of growth, joining former Facebook Public Policy Manager Andrew Noyes for several months, until Noyes left his post as head of communications for Uber in April.

Readers: Do you think adding Uber to Messenger would be useful?

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