Facebook debuted the first-ever ad backing its Messenger applications in a Facebook post by former PayPal president David Marcus, who joined the social network in June to lead its mobile messaging efforts.
How did Facebook tweak the infrastructure behind its Messenger applications to focus on mobile speed and performance? Software engineers Jeremy Fein and Jason Jenks detailed the process in a post on the social network’s engineering blog.
Will users of Facebook’s Messenger applications feel comfortable enough to send sawbucks via the apps, instead of stickers? TechCrunch shared screenshots captured by Andrew Aude, a computer-science student at Stanford University, confirming the existence of coding within the iOS version of the app that would enable payment processing.
Confirming last week’s predictions, the European Commission, the central antirust authority of the European Union, approved Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging application WhatsApp, which was originally announced in February.
Despite all of the unhappiness about being forced to use Facebook’s Messenger and security concerns over the permissions required by the application, it remains the most popular messaging app in the U.S., according to a recent report by Parks Associates.
How has Facebook’s removal of its messaging functions from its flagship applications in favor of its stand-alone Messenger apps impacted usage of the latter?
With owners of Apple devices being able to upgrade to iOS 8 starting Wednesday, Facebook is prepared for the new mobile operating system, as well.
Registered developers on Facebook are also finding themselves on the receiving end of the social network’s hard sell of its Messenger applications, as many are seeing emails encouraging them to “enable private sharing with the message dialog.”
Facebook users’ News Feeds will no longer be populated with their friends’ Netflix activities, as the video service announced a new social recommendation feature based on users privately recommending content they have enjoyed to their Facebook friends who might enjoy that content.