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Facebook Messenger exceeds 1 billion monthly active users worldwide

Facebook has revealed that its Messenger service now has over 1 billion monthly active users worldwide. Facebook stated that it will celebrate this new milestone in an interesting way: We’re grateful for all the people who are sending billions of messages every day and we hope to send 1 billion thank yous in the form
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Facebook's Instant Articles are coming to Messenger

Checking out articles your friends share through Facebook Messenger is about to become much faster. Facebook has announced today that it is bringing its Instant Articles to Facebook Messenger, meaning links from participating publishers should open much faster going forward. From Facebook: When you tap on an Instant Article link in Facebook, it loads up
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Facebook Messenger now lets you use 3D Touch to peek at conversations, GIFs and more

Facebook Messenger is now the latest app to expand support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. While the chat app previous supported 3D Touch for launching quick actions from its icon, you can now use the pressure-sensitive feature to peek and pop into conversations and more. The feature actually works much
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Facebook Messenger's 11,000 chatbots become much more interactive

Facebook introduced chatbots on Messenger three months ago, and the search giant has shared today that over 11,000 bots are active on the messaging service. The Messenger Platform has picked up an update that adds a slew of new features, such as a persistent menu that lists a bot’s commands, quick replies, ability to respond
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Facebook to shut down its Paper app for the iPhone after July 29

Facebook will remove its Paper app from the iOS App Store. An in-app message stated that Paper will no longer work after July 29. Facebook launched Paper in February 2014, offering iPhone users a new design and UI, giving them full screen photos and status updates that made the social network look more like a
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Facebook's latest News Feed change will prioritize posts from friends

Facebook has announced it will be making more changes for its News Feed in the coming weeks. Posts from friends that Facebook users care about most will be placed higher in the News Feed with this change. In a blog post, Facebook stated: We previously made an update that tries to ensure that stories posted
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Facebook Messenger's new Home tab makes it easier to start a conversation

Facebook is making some changes to Messenger in an effort to make it easier to contact people. The company is replacing the Recents tab in the Messenger app for iPhone and iPad with a new Home tab and will be expanding the section’s functionality. You’ll be more readily able to find recent contacts, find who’s
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Here's how you can play Facebook Messenger's hidden soccer game

Facebook Messenger is back with another hidden gem of a game, this time allowing you to kick (or poke) a soccer ball around with friends. Similar to Messenger’s hidden basketball game, all you have to do is send an emoji to get the game going! To get started, simply send a soccer emoji to one
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Facebook: Download Moments or we'll kill all your 4-year old photo syncs

Facebook is using threats and bullying techniques to get people to download another of its apps, Moments. The company is telling people that it will delete synced pictures unless you install Moments on your phone. This affects the “synced” album that many probably forgot they had since Facebook removed the native ability back in 2012.
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Facebook now lets you upload and share 360 degree photos

Facebook is now allowing the many users of its social networking service to upload 360 degree photos to their accounts and to share them with others. Facebook stated: Simply take a panorama with your phone or capture a 360-degree photo using a 360 photo app or 360 camera, and then post it on Facebook as
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