Messaging Wars: Vine vs. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat

It’s been hard to ignore the meteoric rise of the private messaging industry over the past two monthsFirst came Facebook's jaw-dropping $16 billion purchase of standalone messaging service WhatsApp in February. Chat app Viber was acquired by Rakuten for $900 million.

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Facebook Wants To BE Your Phone Number With New Message Requests

Someone might want you to call them, but if you don’t have their random string of digits, you can’t. And you could miss something extremely important if a person you’ve never met really needs to reach you. Facebook has a plan to fix all that.

Facebook Messenger Is Experimenting With Disappearing Messages

Facebook Messenger is testing out self-destructing messages. Currently available for some users in France, the feature allows people to send messages that vanish in an hour. BuzzFeed first reported the news. We’ve emailed Facebook for more information,

Facebook swipes at Snapchat with Slingshot messaging app

Facebook has found the latest pie to stick its engorged finger into, reportedly readying a new short video messaging app, "Slingshot," to rival Snapchat.Read more:

Faceslap: Facebook swipes at Snapchat with "Slingshot" video messaging app

Facebook is reportedly readying a new short video messaging app, "Slingshot," to rival Snapchat. If rumours are true, Slingshot could prove a fatal blow to Snapchat's fortunes.Read more:

Facebook launches Slingshot messaging app by mistake, then pulls it

The social network accidentally unleashed its new Snapchat rival, and then swiftly pulled it, but not before folks got a good look at how the app works.Read more:

Facebook Pages Can Now Show How Quickly They Respond To Customers’ Messages

Facebook has been working to improve customer service-focused features for Page administrators for some time, most recently with the introduction of “Saved Replies,” a feature that allows Page admins to quickly respond to incoming inquires with canned (pre-written) replies. Now,

Facebook users forced to download Messenger to send private messages

Those using the service on an iPhone or Android device now have to download the separate app in order to interact using its in-built messaging service.Read more:

Messaging Is A Winner-Take-Some Market

If you are anything like me, you use multiple messaging apps on a daily or weekly basis – and you use them for more than just texting. My colleagues, friends and family all prefer different apps, and I use each app in a different way. I don't think messaging is a winner-take-all market globally.

Facebook Messenger Accounts For 10% Of Global VOIP Calls, Sends 45M Messages Daily

Facebook Messenger wants to replace the telephone, not just SMS, and its on its way. Messenger now makes up 10% of global Voice Over IP calls, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during today’s Q1 2015 earnings call. Considering Facebook only fully rolled out free VOIP calling to Messenger last April,

Facebook Now Has Over 1B Messaging App Users After Messenger Hits 500M

Another billion-user milestone for Facebook: the company now has over 1 billion messaging users, after today announcing that it has passed 500 million monthly active users for Messenger, on top of the 600 million active users that Facebook-owned WhatsApp now has.

The bromance is real between 'Spider-Man' stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland

Turns out there's only love between Spider-Man and Mysterio, guys.Jake Gyllenhaal chatted to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show on Tuesday about joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as master of illusion Mysterio in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home.

'Captain Marvel' first reactions: A fun, '90s adventure with a brilliant Carol Danvers

You may believe the hype.The much-anticipated Captain Marvel had its premiere on Tuesday night, and the first audiences to watch the film have described it as unlike any other MCU film they've seen before, and weirder than you'd expect.SEE ALSO: Who's who in 'Captain Marvel'The main take away?

Pixar short 'Kitbull' will make you cry with its unlikely dog-kitten friendship

Oh, you were having a pretty cry-free day, huh? Hit play on Pixar's newest short and you'll be a puddle of tears.Kitbull, directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson,

Watch someone feed a baby Porg in new Star Wars mixed reality game

Been dreaming of raising your own little Porg family since Star Wars: The Last Jedi?You can soon live like Luke Skywalker on the island of Ahch-To, surrounded by fluffy little Porgs, thanks to a new mixed reality project from Lucasfilm's immersive entertainment division.SEE ALSO:

5 most savage quotes from damning report on the 'digital gangsters' at Facebook

The results of an 18-month investigation into Facebook are out and they're not pretty. The UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) published a lengthy report filled with harsh words for the social media giant, which is accused of intentionally violating privacy laws.

Netflix's Mötley Crüe biopic digs into the band's debaucherous past

Yep, it's another music biopic.This time, it's not just about any act: It's about Mötley Crüe, one of the most debaucherous rock bands to have ever graced this Earth.The Dirt relives the band's highs and lows, and is based on the similarly-titled book they released in 2001. 

Privacy activists say online ad industry knowingly violated GDPR

Privacy advocates claim that an organization that represents the online ad industry knew they would be violating privacy laws, but did so anyway, in an updated complaint filed against the group as well as Google.On Tuesday,

Vine Cofounder Colin Kroll Is Stepping Down

Vine cofounder Colin Kroll announced via Twitter that he is stepping down from his position as Vine's general managerKroll, who cofounded the app that Twitter acquired in late 2012, did not specifically say he is leaving Twitter, but rather stepping away from his day-to-day role.

Consumers Win in Cellphone Providers' Price War

Your mobile-phone bill may finally be shrinking.The industry's fight over prices, ignited last year by T-Mobile US Inc.,is beginning to have a noticeable effect even for consumers who haven't switched carriers. As they jockey to match or beat each other's discounts for new customers,

FedEx Driver Tries to Chase Down Runaway Van

It was a rough day at work for one unlucky FedEx employee.Security camera footage from Columbia, Tenn. shows a FedEx van doing what all delivery trucks do — driving any and all nearby dogs totally crazy.

Google Keep 与地图将登陆 Android Wear 智能手表

越来越多的 Google 官方应用开始支持 Android Wear 平台,如今Google地图和 Google Keep 也将可以在智能手表上使用。

Huawei boasts 19 per cent revenue growth in first half of 2014

Following a strong 2013, Huawei is continuing to make good headway in terms of LTE networks and consumer smartphones.Read more:

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Disqus for Windows Phone updated with visual tweaks, support for channels and more

Disqus happens to be one of the most popular commenting systems on the internet, implemented on many big websites, including here at WinBeta. Last week, the developers pushed an update which added a dark theme to the app, and today, Disqus picked up yet another update bumping it to version 2.





Watch this new mom Whip and Nae Nae her way through labor

When Marsha D. Ford, an Atlanta nurse and midwife, went to check on a patient in labor between contractions, she found that not only was she doing OK — but she was casually dancing to Silento."Get that baby down, mommy!" Ford says in the video. We agree.H/T:

LP觀點:600秒極速銷售一萬五千台然後呢?HTC Vive的挑戰正要開始

編按:HTC VIVE 硬體拔得頭籌,接下來有沒有獨佔性的遊戲大作將是下一步關鍵! 宏達電 VR 主管稍早在 Twitter 透露,HTC Vive 在開放預購後的 10 分鐘內就火速售出了 1.5 萬台,以一台 28288 元來算,等於為宏達電帶來約 4.25 億元的進帳,整體反映可說是相當熱烈。閱讀全文

菜鸟与高德联合发布物流数据开放平台 将打造5级地址库

新浪科技讯 5月9日下午消息,菜鸟网络与高德地图联合在京发布物流数据开放平台,双方将打通底层地址数据,建设国内最先进的5级地址库。菜鸟网络CTO王文彬与高德地图技术副总裁田密表示,5级地址库会通过开放平台提 ... ...

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