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Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages – if you’re quick

Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages – if you’re quick

Remember last year when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg purged some of his messages from various Messenger conversations? There was a bit of an uproar at the time, and Facebook later said that Zuck's disappearing messages were part of an "unsend" feature the company was testing. Now, nearly a year later, that feature is rolling out to Messenger users.

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Google Duo low light mode will brighten the darkest night

Google Duo low light mode will brighten the darkest night

Although Google has never really been known for its expertise in photography, it is starting to make a name for itself in that area, particularly on mobile. Its work on software-based photography with the Pixel phones’ lone camera has been impressive and its recent Night Sight turns night into day. Not everyone has a Pixel phone though so it’s mildly reassuring to find out that Google might be working on something similar for its Google Duo video chat app. Plus, it’s also working on something for lovers this month.

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WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger unification is Zuckerberg’s new obsession

WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger unification is Zuckerberg’s new obsession

Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram messaging will be joined together, as the social network pulls together the various apps and services it owns. The shift will present a considerable architectural challenge for Facebook engineers, though the expectation is that - at least initially - end-users won't necessarily see any difference.

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Facebook Messenger Dark Mode test appears for some users

Facebook Messenger Dark Mode test appears for some users

As with Twitter, Reddit, and other services before it, Facebook is finally working on a dark mode for its messaging app. Earlier this year, a leak revealed that Facebook's team was internally testing a Messenger dark mode, and now that same mode is showing up publicly as a test for some users. As the name suggests, the dark mode changes the appearance of Facebook Messenger to a dark color scheme.

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Facebook Messenger gets a selfie portrait mode and Boomerang support

Facebook Messenger gets a selfie portrait mode and Boomerang support

Facebook Messenger's camera is getting a pretty significant update today. This update adds a handful of new features to the app, including a new selfie mode and support for AR stickers. Messenger is also adding native support for Boomerang today, which was launched by Instagram a couple of years back.

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Messenger Lite gets animated GIFs and file sharing support

Messenger Lite gets animated GIFs and file sharing support

Facebook has updated Messenger Lite to provide a "richer" experience while retaining the same <10MB size that makes it so appealing. Among the changes is improved support for GIFs, which were previously supported but not animated. This time around, Facebook has enabled Messenger Lite users to send and play animated GIFs, an arguably vital part of the modern chat experience.

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Facebook Messenger unsend feature starts rolling out to some users

Facebook Messenger unsend feature starts rolling out to some users

Facebook's anticipated Messenger "unsend" feature is finally rolling out to users. The feature was promised seven months ago following a report revealing that Facebook had quietly removed some private messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg. The company was quiet about the project until recently; screenshots of the "unsend" option surfaced a few weeks back followed by an update preview last week.

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Facebook Portal on sale now: But should you buy one?

Facebook Portal on sale now: But should you buy one?

Facebook's Portal and Portal+ smart displays are on sale, but the big "should I buy one?" question is about more than just the technology on offer. The social network raised more than a few eyebrows when it announced the two video calling-focused smart displays earlier this year, while still in the shadow of a data privacy controversy.

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Facebook private messages stolen: Am I one of 81,000 victims?

Facebook private messages stolen: Am I one of 81,000 victims?

Facebook Messenger seems to have been the victim of a multi-tiered attempt by hackers to extract private messages from victims. The information was collected over the course of months - likely near the beginning of the year 2018. Not much is known about the contents of the messages at this time, but it does appear likely that the entire cache of messages from Facebook Messenger users is real.

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WhatsApp update: Stickers directions and creator info

WhatsApp update: Stickers directions and creator info

This week the folks at WhatsApp announced the addition of stickers to their chat platform. One might wonder how a platform like WhatsApp did not have stickers until now - and the answer is not entirely clear. What is clear is that the stickers are fanciful and quite often strange. WhatApp will deliver these stickers to all users ASAP.

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Facebook Messenger 4 tackles chat app’s biggest problem

Facebook Messenger 4 tackles chat app’s biggest problem

Facebook Messenger is getting a complete overhaul, and if you've been increasingly frustrated by how much cruft there is in the way of your chats, this new app might make you very happy. Messenger 4, the social network says, puts simplicity at the forefront, with the promise of easier navigation, cleaner designs, and more.

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Facebook Portal ad tracking potential is as bad as you suspected

Facebook Portal ad tracking potential is as bad as you suspected

The Facebook Portal device MAY* collect information on your device use to inform ads on Facebook platforms. That's just one part of the equation when it comes to Facebook's latest idea for hardware. The device is a camera you set up in your home with a display to allow you to speak with Facebook friends - but, of course, it's also able to use YOU as you use make use of IT.

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