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First evidence of WhatsApp integration pops up in Facebook Messenger

First evidence of WhatsApp integration pops up in Facebook Messenger

Early last year, we got word that Facebook was considering cross-platform chats between WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger, running on a unified, encrypted backend. After the first small steps towards compatibility in the form of Messenger Rooms in WhatsApp, we now see this cross-app integration taking shape. According to WABetaInfo, a few hints have appeared in Facebook Messenger that reveal how the company is working on a way to contact WhatsApp users through the app.

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Signal rolls out automatic face blurring tool in its photo editor (APK Download)

Signal rolls out automatic face blurring tool in its photo editor (APK Download)

Privacy-focused messaging app Signal could make blurring faces out from an image as easy as a few taps. Its developers are rolling out an update that features the new editing tool.

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Facebook has a new app with a dumpster fire Play Store listing

Facebook has a new app with a dumpster fire Play Store listing

Facebook's New Product Experiments team have released a new, simple app that gives people who aren't on conventional social media the ability to indicate that they're 'online' and ready to talk over the phone. While the concept might be thoughtful, it's clear that a few more things needed to be thought.

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Telegram v6 introduces chat folders and archiving to declutter your feed

Telegram v6 introduces chat folders and archiving to declutter your feed

If you use Telegram and are overwhelmed by the constant feed of messages coming out of your family chats, work chats, friend chats, one-on-one chats, and updates from the brands and influencers you follow, you're probably in need of a way to sort them out. Good news, then: the app's latest update brings folders to file your chats in and an easy archival tool.

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Viber increases group call participant limit to aid social distancing measures

Viber increases group call participant limit to aid social distancing measures

In many countries around the world right now, social distancing or even stricter quarantine measures have been put in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus — this means we're all far more dependent on technology if we want to hang out with our friends. Zoom and Houseparty get-togethers might be all the rage right now, but other communication apps are also doing their bit in this time of need. Viber has increased the maximum number of participants in group calls to 20 so you can chat with more of your friends at once.

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Telegram 5.15 lands with improved profile UI, faster media viewer, and People Nearby 2.0 (APK Download)

Telegram 5.15 lands with improved profile UI, faster media viewer, and People Nearby 2.0 (APK Download)

Telegram may not be the most popular instant messenger, but it has managed to amass a loyal group of hardcore fans over the years who prefer its capabilities over those of any competitor. Its regular, feature-packed updates probably are another reason to like the app. As such, Telegram has published version 5.15 of its product. It comes with redesigned profile pages, Instagram Stories-like media browsing, and People Nearby 2.0. To help you celebrate Valentine's Day, the release also includes a collection of animated love-themed emoji.

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Google Duo's new filters and effects let you become a purple cat

Google Duo's new filters and effects let you become a purple cat

Google has been working on implementing live filters and effects for Duo video calls over the course of the past couple of years. We've seen a few of them pop up for special holidays like Holi and Valentine's Day, but today, we finally have a bank of 13 standard fare filters and effects to embarrass ourselves with when chatting with our colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

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Telegram v5.11 lets you schedule messages, prevent others from finding you by phone number

Telegram v5.11 lets you schedule messages, prevent others from finding you by phone number

Vacation responders, snoozing, even rudimentary forms of read receipts? Oh, how far email clients have come to meet up with our instant message services. But if there's anything our chat apps can learn from its progenitor, it's scheduled replies — and Telegram has picked up that trick as well as a few others in its latest update.

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Hangouts shutdown delayed for G Suite users until at least June 2020

Hangouts shutdown delayed for G Suite users until at least June 2020

Google is delaying the shutdown of its longtime internet protocol chat and call app, Hangouts. G Suite users were originally told that Hangouts would be retired starting in October. Now, the deadline for G Suite customers to move has now been pushed back to "no sooner than June 2020."

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Facebook Messenger Kids lets children add their own friends — with parental oversight

Facebook Messenger Kids lets children add their own friends — with parental oversight

Facebook is currently rolling out a new passphrase feature to its Messenger Kids app, allowing children to send and accept friend requests on their own. Before anyone freaks out, it's important to note that both sets of parents still need to approve the connection.

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