Last December, Facebook began prompting users of its flagship iOS application to download its Facebook Messenger app, and the social network also began prompting mobile users to encourage their friends who had not yet downloaded Messenger to do so. Soon, according to reports by TechCrunch and The Verge, Facebook mobile users who wish to chat will not have a choice, as messages will no longer be available in its iOS and Android flagship apps.
Microsoft will team up with Facebook to host a hackathon at the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Jan. 17 and 18, aimed at integrating login with Facebook and other social tools into applications for Windows and Windows Phone.
Instagrille, a Windows application for Instagram, announced that it rebranded as Pixsta in order to comply with the August update to Instagram’s brand guidelines — which prohibited use of parts of the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network’s name in branding — and the new version of the app also supports Video on Instagram.
Facebook is still dominant when it comes to social login, but its share of the sector slipped slightly in the third quarter, as Google Plus Sign-In began to chip away at its lead, according to a study by user-management platform Janrain.
Facebook is running a limited test of a possible solution to the staggering amount of photos hosted by the social network, converting JPEG photos to Google’s WebP image format for compatible browsers such as Google Chrome and Opera, but the experiment is already facing resistance.
Computer security software provider McAfee announced that its McAfee Social Protection application, which launched in free public beta for Windows users (Internet Explorer 8 or higher and Firefox 8 and higher) last August, is now available via Google Play for Android devices.