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Facebook’s $16 billion WhatsApp acquisition a bold move for the global instant messaging market

Facebook’s $16 billion WhatsApp acquisition a bold move for the global instant messaging market

Chris Umiastowski 41

The news of Facebook acquiring WhatsApp for an enormous pile of money is front and center in the mobile communication industry today, and for good reason. Having watched WhatsApp grow from nothing into a cross platform winner over the last five years and doing a darn good job of executing on a growth plan, I'm impressed with what they've done. And while I was shocked to see the deal's...

Facebook Beta update brings animated stickers, music on lock screen for Home

Facebook Beta update brings animated stickers, music on lock screen for Home

Andrew Martonik 19

Beta track continues to get quick and useful updates The beta track for the Facebook app has been updated today with a few useful features, showing once again that it intends on iterating quickly with its beta fixes. This update brings one new feature to the Messenger function, and that is animated stickers for some of the categories — Pusheen, Beast and Anooki are listed — which has...

Facebook quietly adds Facebook Home support (and unofficial support) for Galaxy S4, HTC One, others

Facebook quietly adds Facebook Home support (and unofficial support) for Galaxy S4, HTC One, others

Phil Nickinson 24

New persistent notifications also part of undocumented update Facebook -- facing increasing negative reaction to its Facebook Home launcher as AT&T (at least temporarily) dropped the price of the HTC First to a mere 99 cents -- has silently added support for the HTC One as well as unofficial support for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The change comes as the official Facebook app received...