Facebook Messenger Now Supports SMS

If you’re an Android user who loves to chat, you’re in luck. Facebook Messenger for Android now supports SMS messaging, meaning you no longer have to switch back and forth between applications. Messenger hopes it can be your default texting client. All you have to do to opt into the new service is update to the latest version of the app. Once enabled, you can set the app as your “default SMS app” in Messenger’s settings and then view your texts alongside Facebook chats. A handful of Facebook’s rich content such as stickers, emojis, and location information will also be

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Microsoft Scoops Up LinkedIn for $26.2B

Microsoft is scooping up LinkedIn in one of the biggest tech mergers to date. The deal will cost Microsoft $26.2 billion, or $196 per share, all cash. This is Microsoft’s largest ever acquisition. LinkedIn has a prestigious history. At one point it was the best-performing social network in the stock market, until it was beat out by Facebook. It has a base of 433 million members across the globe, and last year has a revenue growth of 35 percent, reaching $3 billion. Microsoft plans on using LinkedIn’s database of professional information as a distribution program for its software systems. In

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Zuckerberg’s Online Profiles Hacked

Online accounts are compromised every day, yet many of us think it could never happen to us. Think again. Over the weekend, Facebook tycoon Mark Zuckerberg was the victim of an attack that saw hackers gain access to his Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest profiles. If one of the most tech savvy entrepreneurs can find himself in this situation, none of us are immune. There has been plenty of speculation as to how the crooks got access, including suggestions Zuckerberg was caught up in the 2012 LinkedIn hack and used the same password for multiple sites. The good news is his

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Periscope Calls in the Jury

Periscope is taking a democratic approach to the punishment of abusive commentators, assembling a makeshift social media jury to deal with possible abuse. When a comment on a Periscope broadcast is flagged, a handful of users will be asked to vote on whether they believe the comment breaks Periscope’s terms of use. If the majority agrees the comment is spam or abuse, the person who posted it will be muted temporarily. If a user gets flagged and “found guilty” twice they will be permanently disabled from commenting on that rest of the broadcast. Periscope says users called to be on

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Facebook Overhauling Trending Topic Feature

The trending topic feature on Facebook is an easy and entertaining way to keep up on the news. But a recent controversy has erupted over whether the social media giant is using the platform as a way to block conservative news. In response, Facebook promises to stop relying on news outlets to determine what content is added to the feature. This means that Facebook will stop looking to websites like the Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post to determine what is popular with users. Instead it will automatically choose topics based on a spike in users posts. A Facebook review

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YouTube to Add Chat Feature

There just aren’t enough ways to instantly message your friends on the internet these days. Well, there might be, but YouTube wants to add one more. The Google subsidiary is rolling out a “native sharing” feature to a small percentage of users on the mobile app. If you’re one of those users, you’ll be able to use the YouTube app to chat and share videos within message threads. This seems like a natural move for YouTube, which competeswith other social media services like Snapchat and Facebook, platforms with improved in-app messaging. Before now, if you wanted to share a video

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Lawsuit Shuts Down Facebook Trademark Violation

It doesn’t look like “face book” potato chips will be landing on shelves anytime soon after a Chinese court ruled in the social media giant’s favor in a recent trademark violation lawsuit. According to a CNET article, the Zhongshan Pearl River got the green light to use “face book” to sell a variety of food items, including coffee, tea and candy. Its initial application was approved in 2011, but Facebook was none too happy about the move. And in the end, the court agreed, stating Zhongshan “violated moral principles” and was clearly intending to capitalize on Facebook’s name. Ironically, Facebook

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Facebook Messenger Introduces Conference Calling

Facebook Messenger calling is a useful tool, but it has always been limited to one-on-one conversations. Now, Messenger has launched a group-call feature that can include up to 50 people. Like the rest of Messenger, this service is free with the latest update. Group calls work the same way as regular Facebook calls, except users have the option to join a call still in progress if they cannot join at the beginning. Facebook will also provide a list of people involved in the call, helping to avoid the inevitable confusion that comes along with having dozens of people on a

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AMC Won’t Allow Texting in Movie Theaters After All

When we caught wind that AMC was considering allowing texting in its movie theatres, we knew nothing was sacred anymore. Thankfully, it appears the plan that execs thought would appeal to millennials has fallen flat: AMC has announced it is dropping the concept before it even got off the ground. According to a PC Mag article, the company hoped to allow texting in a way that would not disturb other patrons. Angry masses quickly discounted the idea online, leading to its speedy demise. “We have heard loud and clear that this is a concept our audience does not want,” AMC

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Snapchat Scoops Up Bitstrips

Snapchat is expanding its social media empire with its recent $100 million purchase of Bitstrips, a move experts say could make the messaging app more appealing to advertisers. Toronto-based Bitstrips features personalized emojis that appeal to users and the advertisers targeting them. Senior strategist Andy Walker of Cyberwalker.com told CTV that he believes Bitstrips is popular because it allows users to “create a little icon of yourself with your hair type and your nose… and then share that with your friends.” “If you talk to perhaps 100 teenagers, I think you’ll probably find the majority are aware of it and

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