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Epic Games snatches up social app Houseparty for some reason

Epic Games snatches up social app Houseparty for some reason

The renaissance of mobile room-based video chat applications has largely passed, with even Facebook deciding their clone didn't need to stick around. One of the original players, Houseparty, has managed to continue running. In fact, today the app was acquired by video game giant Epic Games.

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Facebook shuts down its 'Bonfire' group video chat app

Facebook shuts down its 'Bonfire' group video chat app

Facebook has a habit of cloning popular apps, or integrating popular features from its competitors into its own platforms. Houseparty is a group video calling app that was fairly popular a few years ago, and Facebook released its own clone in 2017 as 'Bonfire.' Now the company has shut down Bonfire, and it never even arrived in the United States.

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Mobile broadcasting app Meerkat is officially dead

Mobile broadcasting app Meerkat is officially dead

Meerkat might be the app that started the live-streaming on phones trend. Released early last year, it quickly rose in popularity - even to the point of dominating that year's SXSW conference. But alas, Meerkat was not long for this world, and has officially been taken offline.

Life on Air, the company behind Meerkat, announced the shutdown on Twitter two days ago. The official reason for Meerkat's demise is for the company to focus on Houseparty, a group chatting application. Co-founder of Life on Air, Ben Rubin, spoke to TechCrunch about the shutdown:

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