Facebook Messenger Jumps to Business Websites

Facebook on Tuesday announced that it was preparing a plugin to its popular Messenger platform that will allow a website’s visitors to chat with a human or bot without leaving the location. Customer Chat is one of a number of changes in the version 2.2 update of Messenger platform revealed at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. The chat plugin will be available on desktop and mobile devices. Early testers include airlines like KLM, Volaris and Air France. Chatbots deployed through the plugin can perform a number of duties.

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PayPal Lets Messenger Users Send Money to Buddies

PayPal has announced the immediate availability of its peer-to-peer payment service on Facebook Messenger, making it easy to exchange money between friends and family. PayPal also introduced its first-ever customer service bot, which gives Messenger customers payment and account support right in the app. An agreement struck last year with Facebook allowed 2.5 million PayPal customers in the U.S. to connect their accounts with Messenger and use PayPal to shop on Messenger, as well as to communicate with other PayPal users, noted COO Bill Ready.

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A Farewell to AIM: AOL Instant Messenger Shutting Down in December


After 20 years of operation, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), is finally shutting down. While it hasn’t been popular in years, the service once dominated instant messaging and shaped the clients and products that would follow.

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AOL says farewell to AIM, its popular instant messenger service, after 20 years

AOL has announced that it is discontinuing its pioneering Instant Messenger chat platform after 20 years of service.

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Facebook Messenger Counter Rolls Over to 1 Billion

Facebook has announced that the number of people using its Messenger app has surpassed 1 billion a month — a major milestone for what is arguably the most important tool in the company’s growth strategy. A growing number of people are using Messenger to communicate with friends, send money, plan events, play games and tell jokes, the company said, claiming that it’s one of only a handful of apps worldwide with so many users. The announcement follows a series of upgrades to the app, which averaged 800 million users per month in 2015.

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Facebook plans to use Messenger for retail point-of-sale service, could integrate Apple Pay

Article Image The popular Facebook Messenger app could soon become far more than a chat client, with the social networking service apparently planning to offer in-store purchases through its mobile app, after the company signaled it could partner with Apple Pay for retail checkouts.

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Facebook May Launch Risky Messenger Ad Program

Facebook has been preparing to push personalized ads through its Messenger app, according to a report last week. The company will allow brands to send their own marketing materials through the popular chat app, suggests a leaked document apparently intended for Facebook’s advertising partners. The changes could go into effect during the second quarter of the year. It’s not clear what the ads would look like. Companies might be able to deliver video and graphical content detail their offerings.

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App face-off: Apple iMessage vs. WhatsApp Messenger

Article Image When WhatsApp Messenger went free earlier this year it gave iOS device owners a viable solution to connect with friends and family who don’t use Apple products, but the app comes with a few caveats.

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Facebook Messenger Dashes Past 800 Million User Mark

Facebook last week announced that its Messenger app had reached the 800 million monthly user milestone. Messenger lets users send text messages, stickers, photos, videos, voice clips, GIFs, their location and money. It’s a standalone app, so one doesn’t have to be a Facebook member to use it, and it’s cross-platform, running on smartphones, tablets and desktops. This year, Facebook plans to make it easier to do business using Messenger, said David Marcus, vice president of messaging.

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Facebook Messenger apps to allow chatting without a Facebook account

Facebook on Thursday announced that new Messenger users will soon be able to sign up without a Facebook account, potentially expanding the reach of the chat service.

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Facebook Messenger gains app-based person-to-person money transfers

In “coming months,” Facebook is rolling out person-to-person money transfers in its Messenger apps for iOS, Android, and the Web, the social network announced on Tuesday.

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Facebook Messenger goes universal with new iPad-optimized version

Social networking behemoth Facebook on Thursday released a new version of its Facebook Messenger application for iOS that brings with it a new user interface optimized specifically for the larger screens found on Apple’s iPads.

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Facebook Messenger gets new sharing options, McDonald's updates Happy Studio app for kids

iOS users who keep in touch with friends and relatives using Facebook Messenger now have easier ways to share photos and videos with each other, while McDonald’s added a slew of new entertainment options to its Happy Studio app for children.

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