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Facebook Messenger World Effects bring Snapchat-like AR stickers

Facebook Messenger World Effects bring Snapchat-like AR stickers

It ain’t over til the big-boned Viking lady sings, as they say. That definitely seems to be the case with Facebook’s barrage of new features that are too eerily familiar with features from its biggest rival, Snapchat. Then again, everyone’s going towards augmented reality objects these days, so Facebook could simply say it’s just riding the waves. Regardless, uses of Messenger need not look elsewhere for their 3D stickers fix as Facebook introduces “World Effects” that brings the messaging service closer to making Snapchat redundant.

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Facebook Messenger Kids goes heavy on parental controls for safe chatting

Facebook Messenger Kids goes heavy on parental controls for safe chatting

With more than 2 billion monthly users, Facebook can't exactly guarantee that it's going to be a safe place for kids. In fact, Facebook bars anyone younger than 13 from creating a profile, and has done so from the start. While that's probably for the best, Facebook still offers tools that are handy for keeping in touch - specifically Messenger - and now you have an new option if you'd like to let your child have a presence on Messenger while at the same time staying away from the larger Facebook ecosystem.

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Facebook does a Snapchat with messaging Streaks

Facebook does a Snapchat with messaging Streaks

The old saying goes “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”. Facebook, naturally, has put a different twist to that: if you can’t beat ‘em, copy ‘em. That does seem to be the between the social networking titan and Snapchat, perceived to be its biggest threat, bigger than even Twitter. Following a long list of new features that have a not so vague resemblance to Snapchat’s, Facebook is now testing “streaks” in Messenger, turning conversations into a potential game and, of course, profitable user engagement for Facebook.

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Facebook Messenger gets high-res 4K photo sharing support

Facebook Messenger gets high-res 4K photo sharing support

Facebook just made it possible for users to share higher resolution photos using Messenger, a welcomed feature considering how often users are on WiFi and LTE. Up until now, images shared through Messenger were fairly low-resolution -- not so low that they were unusable, but low enough to have a noticeable loss of quality. That changes with 4K image support.

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Messenger Day nixed as Facebook pushes Stories feature

Messenger Day nixed as Facebook pushes Stories feature

Facebook has eliminated its Messenger Day feature, a Snapchat clone that isn't even a year old yet. Why get rid of such a fresh feature? Because the company now has a Stories feature -- another Snapchat feature clone -- and it wants users to gravitate to it. Messenger Day was essentially the same thing, but contained to the Messenger app itself.

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PayPal Facebook Messenger feature settles the group check

PayPal Facebook Messenger feature settles the group check

The number of ways to pressure your friends to cough up the cash they owe you for lunch is increasing, with PayPal and Facebook Messenger hooking up. A new update to Messenger allows for PayPal peer-to-peer payments directly within the popular Facebook IM service. It's built atop PayPal's existing Facebook Messenger integration for shopping.

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Facebook Messenger Lite is finally rolling out to the US

Facebook Messenger Lite is finally rolling out to the US

Better late than never, right? Almost exactly a year after it was launched, Facebook is now making its standalone, data-saving Messenger Lite Android app available in the US, UK, and Canada. Not exactly markets you'd think are in dire need of data-saving features. That, of course, might be an unfair assumption so to keep things fair, Facebook is spreading the love to everyone. Well, except for iOS users who still won't have a Messenger Lite version.

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Facebook Messenger ads enter beta testing worldwide

Facebook Messenger ads enter beta testing worldwide

Over the past few years, Facebook has turned Messenger into a really popular app. Sure, it did that mostly by turning off Facebook messaging capabilities for mobile users and thereby forcing them to install Messenger, but the fact remains: Facebook Messenger is now home to more than 1 billion users. That's a massive userbase to be sure, but Facebook has had issues monetizing the platform.

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Facebook Messenger features want you to do more than just chat

Facebook Messenger features want you to do more than just chat

A little over five years ago, communicating with someone over the Internet meant lines of text and a few ASCII-based emoticons to express emotions that words can't easily say. These days, not only have we gone into audio-visual Internet communication, we have gone beyond them as well. Take, for example, Facebook's latest update to its Messenger chat app that brings all sorts of whimsical expressions, from animated emojis to masks. Because sometimes, a sticker just says its better.

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Here’s how to create Spotify’s new group playlists in Facebook Messenger

Here’s how to create Spotify’s new group playlists in Facebook Messenger

Creating playlists with your friends can lead to the discovery of a lot of great music, and today Spotify is trying to make that process even easier. Spotify announced today that it has given Facebook Messenger users the ability to create group playlists in-chat. The process of creating a group playlist seems pretty straightforward, as it centers around using Spotify's own Messenger extension.

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Five cool things you can do with Facebook Messenger

Five cool things you can do with Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is no longer the mere secondary app you have to use to send your friends messages on mobile. The company has grown its messaging app into a standalone product, one that doesn't even require a Facebook account, and it is slowly expanding it with a wide array of features not limited to just chatting. You can do all sorts of neat things with Messenger, perhaps more than you realize, and we've selected five of the best.

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Facebook Messenger design update brings tabs to the home screen

Facebook Messenger design update brings tabs to the home screen

Facebook Messenger is on the receiving end of an update that brings with it a redesigned interface, one that breaks the home screen up into tabs that, overall, offer better organization. These tabs, as one example, isolates users who are active that moment, making it easier to find who is online versus those who aren't currently available. The update will be pushed out to Facebook Messenger users across the globe on both iOS and Android; the update is rolling out this week.

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