As promised by Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Manager for Windows Phone Program Management Joe Belfiore late last month, Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone is finally a reality and available for download from the Windows Phone Store.
Facebook released an update to its Paper iPhone application, and the most prominent new feature is the ability to share posts via Facebook messages, text messages, or email, rather than solely with friends.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg dined with about 20 executives from wireless carriers Monday night in Barcelona, Spain, site of the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress, Bloomberg reported, and the conversation at the private dinner may have been guarded, given the wireless industry’s concerns over the threat that the social network’s most recent acquisition, cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, presents to their text-messaging services.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp Co-Founder and CEO Jan Koum both tried to quell concerns about the cross-platform mobile messaging application being overrun by ads following its acquisition by the social network Wednesday, during a conference call following the announcement of the deal.
After its unsuccessful bid for photo-messaging application Snapchat last November, reportedly valued at more than $3 billion, Facebook opened up the vaults and announced its acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp for $4 billion in cash and some $12 billion in Facebook shares, also announcing that WhatsApp Co-Founder and CEO Jan Koum will join Facebook’s board of directors.
Facebook Tuesday began testing a completely revamped version of its Messenger for Android application that allows users to instantly see which friends are currently using Messenger, and to send text messages via the app to friends or non-Facebook-using contacts who aren’t using it.
Voice and messaging may be coming to more applications on Facebook and elsewhere on the mobile Web as cloud communications provider Twilio announced at its third annual TwilioCon in San Francisco that it updated its Cloud Code Module for Facebook-owned cloud-app platform Parse with an eye toward enabling developers to move in that direction.
Can posts on Facebook and other social networks, and text messages, be used to help determine if there is a risk of suicide? Facebook, Patterns and Predictions, and the Veterans Education and Research Association of Northern New England aim to find out with their collaboration on The Durkheim Project.
An Illinois woman is leading a class-action suit against Facebook, claiming that she received an unsolicited text message from the social network in February, and her lawyers are actively seeking more plaintiffs who had similar experiences.