What is the next stand-alone application from Facebook? “Multiple sources” told TechCrunch the app, code-named Moments, is aimed at helping users share content with different sets of users that they determine, without having to navigate through the social network’s lists or privacy settings.
Facebook has quietly brought facial-recognition technology back in Europe after disabling its tag suggest feature there in October 2012, but it only works on friends from the U.S. who have enabled the tag suggest option in their profile settings, according to a report by TechCrunch.
Facebook’s latest “acqu-hire” is a sound one, literally, as reports by TechCrunch and VentureBeat indicated that the team behind audio-production company WaveGroup Sound has joined Facebook, although the company was not acquired.
Facebook users who want to send and receive messages via their iOS and Android devices will soon only be able to do so via the social network’s Messenger applications, as messaging will be removed from its flagship applications for both operating systems, Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch.
Facebook’s tendency to brand its new applications and features with names that are already in use in the tech sector appears to have been adopted by its Instagram unit, as well, as Andrew Benton, co-founder and CEO of mobile voice app Bolt, penned a blog post in the form of a “Dear Instagram” letter to the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network over its apparent plans to launch a photo-messaging app called Bolt.
Did Instagram repeat the mistake its parent company made when Facebook prematurely released its Slingshot video-sharing application? TechCrunch reported that some Android Instagram users were seeing banner ads for a one-tap photo messaging app called Bolt, but the “free” button to presumably download the app took users to a dead Google Play URL.
Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network Instagram introduced its Instagram Direct direct-messaging service to much fanfare last December, but mentions of the feature have been few and far between since. However, according to Instagram, rumors of the demise of Instagram Direct are premature.