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Facebook Pay single payments system spans Zuckerberg’s whole empire

Facebook Pay single payments system spans Zuckerberg’s whole empire

Facebook is launching a new payment service, Facebook Pay, that spans not only the social network itself but Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. While each of those services already supports payments, the company is tying them together so that users will only have to enter details once if they prefer - though there's an upside for Facebook, too.

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Threads app tipped as Zuckerberg’s ideals made real

Threads app tipped as Zuckerberg’s ideals made real

A potential new Snapchat alternative app "Threads" was tipped in-the-making at Facebook and Instagram. The app seems to be part of Mark Zuckerberg's vision for a private messaging tie between each of the company's main social ecosystems. That'd likely include account connections between Facebook and Instagram, but mention of WhatsApp integration was notably absent from report details.

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Facebook Instant Games are about to get some big changes

Facebook Instant Games are about to get some big changes

Back in 2016, Facebook rolled out an initiative called "Instant Games," which found some success when they were integrated within Messenger. These games allowed you start matches with other people and compete for high scores in your group chats, and some of them were actually pretty good. In its quest to make Messenger more lightweight, though, Instant Games are about to move house, and those who enjoy playing them are probably going to encounter some frustration as that happens.

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Facebook Messenger Kids bug allowed chat groups with strangers

Facebook Messenger Kids bug allowed chat groups with strangers

Given the growing number of young users on the Internet, that has also been a rise in apps that cater specifically to this young audience. Those range from educational or entertainment apps to parental control apps. Those, of course, have to take great care in making sure the young ones don't get exposed to harmful content. Unfortunately, just like in any other piece of software, those apps can have bugs and one found in Facebook's Messenger Kids app practically bypassed all the protection that the app promised.

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How secure is your messenger app? Things you should know

How secure is your messenger app? Things you should know

A common misconception: "Internet security isn’t important, I’ve got nothing to hide anyway." Your conversations may be trivial for now, but you never know when you and your friends or colleagues discuss matters that could be of value to someone else who shouldn’t be eavesdropping.

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Facebook Messenger gets desktop apps, Instagram and WhatsApp integration

Facebook Messenger gets desktop apps, Instagram and WhatsApp integration

Facebook Messenger is getting a desktop app for Mac and Windows, addressing one of the biggest complaints about the IM platform, as the company meshes its three messaging services. Announced at F8 2019, the social networking company's developer focused event, today, the new app will bring Facebook's newest version of Messenger to a standalone app, rather than forcing desktop users to access it in the browser.

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Facebook Messenger dark mode now available for all users

Facebook Messenger dark mode now available for all users

Last month, Facebook released a dark mode for Messenger, but users had to unlock it through an Easter Egg involving the crescent moon emoji. Anyone who missed the news wouldn't have known the dark interface was an option, but that changes today with the universal launch of this frequently requested feature. Facebook Messenger users can now directly enable dark mode, no emojis necessary.

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Facebook and Messenger may backtrack on controversial unified app

Facebook and Messenger may backtrack on controversial unified app

Way back in 2011, Facebook rolled out a standalone app for Messenger, though it still continued letting people chat in the main Facebook app for some time after that. Then, in 2014, it removed messaging functionality from the main Facebook app, prompting people looking to chat it up to install Messenger and use that instead. Now, all these years later, it looks like Facebook is getting ready to integrate the two once more.

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Facebook Messenger gets quoted replies to keep chats organized

Facebook Messenger gets quoted replies to keep chats organized

Facebook has pushed out a Messenger update that makes it easier to keep track of the messages each user is responding to. The new ability essentially brings threaded messages to the chatting app, which in this case means replies that quote and respond directly to a previous message. These direct replies support GIFs, emoji, images, and other media in addition to text.

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Facebook reveals “Not without my consent” program in full effect

Facebook reveals “Not without my consent” program in full effect

Today a new program from Facebook was released in order to combat the sharing of intimate images without shared consent. This is sometimes referred to as "revenge porn" and it's become a major problem across all forms of social media in the past half-decade. Today Facebook's pilot program revealed over a year and a half ago live in a new security-aimed hub called "Not without my consent."

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Facebook Messenger dark mode is here: How to unlock it

Facebook Messenger dark mode is here: How to unlock it

After months of talking about it, it seems that dark mode is finally rolling out to Facebook Messenger users. Facebook is playing a little game with this release, as dark mode isn't initially available as a toggle in settings. Instead, users need to unlock the feature through an emoji Easter egg before they can turn it on.

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Google Duo is now on the Web

Google Duo is now on the Web

Google once adopted an Apple-like strategy that put Allo forward as its instant messaging app and Duo as its FaceTime rival. Allo, however, has been officially declared dead but Google Duo remains in the running. In fact, Google has very silently pushed a new feature that puts it above Apple FaceTime and many similar services. Now you can use Duo to make calls from your web browser, including video calls if your computer has the hardware for it.

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