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Android Messages update just ruined notifications for a lot of people

Android Messages update just ruined notifications for a lot of people

It isn't often we hear of an update to a core Google apps going terribly awry, but that's just what's happening to Messages as we begin the week. At the end of last week, Google pushed a new update to Messages, bringing it to version 2.5.207. While the update only contained bug fixes and stability improvements, it also tossed a massive bug into the mix.

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WhatsApp gets picture-in-picture mode for video calls

WhatsApp gets picture-in-picture mode for video calls

WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging apps on the Internet with millions of monthly users, has just recently received an update that brings a couple new features. Chief among the changes is a new picture-in-picture mode for video calls, enabling users to see both themselves and the person they're calling. This functionality has already been available in Skype and some competing products, making it a welcomed addition to WhatsApp.

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This messaging app just blocked ALL Breitbart links

This messaging app just blocked ALL Breitbart links

With Steve Bannon out as White House Chief Strategist and returning to his role as Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, messaging app Blend has announced that it will begin blocking links to the site. This is sure to be a controversial decision, but it may not be one that ends with only Breitbart targeted. To hear the CEO of Blend explain it, this is part of a larger effort to snuff out fake news in general.

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Google Allo finally gets a web app, but it’s kind of pointless

Google Allo finally gets a web app, but it’s kind of pointless

Google Allo's web app has been a long time coming, but today it has finally arrived. Google revealed the new web app today, allowing those on Android to pair their phones with their computers and send messages from there. The only problem is that the web app seems like it'll be pointless most of the time.

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Discord is giving racist alt-right servers the banhammer

Discord is giving racist alt-right servers the banhammer

Discord has started banning servers that harbor racist users, specifically ones that are related to the tragic events that recently took place in Charlottesville. The company announced its actions after they took place via its Twitter, saying that, among other things, it put an end to the 'altright.com' Discord server. The news comes shortly after GoDaddy similarly booted a racist account from its service.

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YouTube messaging arrives in-app to simplify video sharing

YouTube messaging arrives in-app to simplify video sharing

In its present form, sharing a YouTube video from the service's mobile app requires the user to tap the 'Share' button, then choose a third-party app through which to share the videos -- WhatsApp, Facebook, or something similar. That ends now. YouTube has decided to bake messaging directly within the app, allowing users to share videos with friends without leaving the app.

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2018 new emoji candidates include kangaroo, leg, and more poop

2018 new emoji candidates include kangaroo, leg, and more poop

It turns out you can have too many emoji. Where the small pictographs were once useful in portraying and simplifying the expression of common emotions/things/places, it now seems humanity is set on creating an emoji applicable for every single word in the dictionary. While the new 2017 emoji coming to our devices later this year have already been decided, a list of possible candidates for 2018 has been revealed.

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WhatsApp just hit a major milestone

WhatsApp just hit a major milestone

Financial reports have been landing over the past couple of days, and in determining the who had a good quarter and who didn't, we can safely count WhatsApp among the winners. As part of its end-of-quarter financial report, WhatsApp announced that it has surpassed a major milestone in terms of user count. If there was ever any question that WhatsApp would become one of the world's most popular messaging apps, the matter can now be laid to rest.

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Amazon developing its own messaging app called Anytime

Amazon developing its own messaging app called Anytime

Rejoice smartphone users! If you've been looking for a new messaging app and options like Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Whatsapp, Google Allo, Hangouts, Slack, Signal, Telegram, Skype, Viber, and whatever else is already installed on your phone still aren't enough, Amazon might just be working on something to meet your needs. That's right, we could soon be getting yet another messaging app, this time from the internet marketplace giant.

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Google Talk is dead

Google Talk is dead

It's been a long time coming, but Google Talk is now officially dead. Though Google has been in the process of phasing out Google Talk for years now, it wasn't until March that it actually gave us an end date for the long-running chat service. It may be sad to hear it, but the users who have hung on throughout the years will no longer be able to use Google Talk in any capacity from here on out.

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Facebook messaging app ‘Talk’ for teens tipped in development

Facebook messaging app ‘Talk’ for teens tipped in development

Facebook has a new project underway, according to references in source code found inside the network's main app, and it involves an app designed specifically for teenagers. The app is said to be a bid on Facebook's part to lure back teenagers who have largely fled the service, one that will draw in parents to ensure they have control over their kid's messaging habits. The app, at least according to the discovered references, is called 'Talk.'

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New Skype borrows Snapchat playbook with Millennial-luring Highlights

New Skype borrows Snapchat playbook with Millennial-luring Highlights

Microsoft has completely rebuilt Skype, taking one of the more frustrating - but, for many, essential - apps and giving it a much-needed makeover. Apparently remade from the ground up, the new Skype launches on mobile first before segueing to the desktop. It puts chat at the forefront, and not just voice calls, and makes a serious (or seriously needy, depending on your stance) play for Millennials who might be currently obsessed with Snapchat.

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