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Twitter DM feature is opt-in: NOT on by default

Twitter DM feature is opt-in: NOT on by default

Please feel free to chill - today's announcement of direct messaging for everyone on Twitter is not just a Wild West situation. You will not be flooded with DMs this afternoon. While you CAN turn on DMs from anyone, this is not an open-door policy sort of deal. You DO NOT HAVE TO TURN THIS FEATURE ON. Twitter is just allowing DMs to appear in your inbox - IF YOU WANT THEM TO - from anyone on Twitter. Again - if this isn't clear enough - you DO NOT need to turn this feature on if you do not want to, and it isn't on by default.

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Yahoo may be readying new Messenger to battle Snapchat, Periscope

Yahoo may be readying new Messenger to battle Snapchat, Periscope

You probably don’t use Yahoo Messenger. It’s tired, really. As a simple chat app, it’s fine, but we want more than that. In an age of sending each other more than words, Yahoo is way behind. Instead of dropping messaging, Yahoo may be priming a revamp to Messenger, one that reportedly combine live and recorded video sharing. This app is meant for mobile, though it’s not clear if Yahoo is also readying the app for your desktop as well. If the report is accurate, we’ll see this new Messenger by the end of Q2 2015.

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Messaging platform Kik entertaining sale, says CEO

Messaging platform Kik entertaining sale, says CEO

Kik, the messaging app turned platform, may soon become the property of someone other than Kik Interactive Inc. A new report suggests Kik is entertaining a sale, which would see the service become the wholly owned property of another company. The powers that be at Kik have even gone so far as to hire Qatalyst Partners to examine the business and see what their best option might be, including remaining independent. Kik’s founder and CEO, Ted Livingston, has confirmed his company is exploring their options.

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BBM users on Android stick around longer, so says study

BBM users on Android stick around longer, so says study

We might have thought that BBM, once one of BlackBerry's defining products, was on its death throes before it finally landed on Android. But once it did make its way to the platform, it seems that the messaging service has found a bit of reprieve. According to a study done by analytics provider Quettra, it might be even more than that. Its findings reveal that among other social networking and messaging apps on Android, BBM has the second highest retention rate among users, something that BlackBerry is only too happy to point out.

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Facebook launches standalone Messenger for the web

Facebook launches standalone Messenger for the web

You can chat with friends and family via Facebook Messenger on your phone or tablet, but to get to Messenger via the web, you have to navigate through Facebook’s website. At F8 this year, Facebook made sure we all knew Messenger would become more platform than app, so today’s announcement is really no surprise. If you head over to messenger.com, you’ll now be greeted with a standalone web version of Facebook Messenger, which exactly mimics the mobile version of the service platform.

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Slack was hacked, but has impressive fix for users

Slack was hacked, but has impressive fix for users

Here at SlashGear, we’re big fans of Slack. It’s easy to use, sips battery power ever so slightly, and can be scaled to your needs. Still, the service is not without it’s issues. Late last year, a bug was discovered in Slack that allowed just about anyone to peer into any room on Slack. Quickly patched, it was still concerning. Today, the company is admitting more fault; it seems Slack was hacked. For four days in February, someone had quite a bit of access to your info.

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WhatsApp to remain closed to developers, says co-founder

WhatsApp to remain closed to developers, says co-founder

If you're one of the users who got banned, hopefully temporarily, from WhatsApp by using a third party app, or if you're a developer of one of those said third-party apps, hopefully you haven't been holding your breath for a change in the situation. At Facebook's F8 conference, a panel was held that included top brass from social networking bigshots. Among them was WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton. When asked whether the service has plans to release any API for third-party developers, Acton plainly but respectfully shot down the idea. A rather bold statement, considering it was, after all, a developers conference.

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Slack: the hip and modern way to communicate at work

Slack: the hip and modern way to communicate at work

A lot of technologies have grown around the workplace, trying to ease the burden of collaboration, from cloud storage, to task management, to document management, and even video conferencing. Despite these advancements, however, a lot of the core communication that happens between members of a workplace still take place inside e-mails or instant messaging. That's not even considering yet the separate and disparate workflows that these tools impose. What if you could have just one virtual workplace to rule them all? That is partially the promise that Slack is trying to make as it undergoes yet another funding round.

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Facebook’s ‘Businesses on Messenger’ turns chats into orders

Facebook’s ‘Businesses on Messenger’ turns chats into orders

As Facebook turns Messenger into a platform, a major pull will likely come via enterprise. In opening Facebook Messenger up to third parties via an API, the company imagines we’ll no longer need to make calls or send emails. If all goes according to plan, that might be a reality. With Messenger’s business angles, we will now have the ability to message a business rather than call them, and get receipts and the like via a message rather than email.

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Facebook Messenger may soon end up a platform

Facebook Messenger may soon end up a platform

Facebook Messenger, like many apps of its kind, does one thing well; it sends and receives messages. There have been rumors of an Uber add-on, and you can now send money within Messenger, but the overarching goal is to send messages to others who use the app. By working in some of those extra features, it seems Facebook was either testing the waters of platform or stumbled upon it. Either way, a new rumor that Facebook will be turning Messenger into its own platform is interesting.

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