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Microsoft Teams will be widely available to consumers later this year

Microsoft Teams is the company's version of Slack or Hangouts Meet: a room-based messaging platform intended for use by large organizations. It has grown rapidly since its introduction in 2017, and now Microsoft wants regular folks to use it, too.

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Privacy-focused messenger Signal is ready to go mainstream and take on WhatsApp

Signal is universally praised as one of the most simple-to-use secure messaging apps and is endorsed by security experts around the world. However, the service's user numbers pale against popular alternatives such as Facebook's WhatsApp or Messenger — even Telegram has a bigger following according to Play Store download numbers. Wired reports that Signal is working hard to change that, as the foundation could raise its number of employees from 3 to 20 following a $50 million infusion from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton in 2018.

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Latest WhatsApp beta finally brings dark mode (APK Download)

Ah, WhatsApp. It's a Facebook-owned chat client with more than 5 billion installs on Android and has been quite stubbornly behind the curve on bringing on a dark mode of some sort. The first hint of it came in 2018, then came a couple more signals last year, but it's now 2020 and we've still had no reason to pull out our Simon & Garfunkel jokes. Well, good news at last: the latest beta will finally let you give dark mode a spin.

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Facebook tests clone of Instagram’s Close Friends for more private sharing

Facebook has borrowed features from its other social media properties, and even some of its rivals, a zillion times to drive engagement on its primary app. This time, Instagram’s Close Friends feature, which was introduced last year, has become the basis for the Favorites list that the company is testing for its mobile apps.

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Facebook Messenger reportedly working on a screen sharing feature, Duo users waiting in despair

Screen sharing is very popular in conference calls, as everybody can look at the same presentation at once. Although less common, there are times when you'd like to do the same in a private setting, whether it's to help with an issue, show your friends what you're about to buy, or even watch content together. The latter is already possible on Facebook thanks to Live Chat, and the company will soon extend the sharing feature to the entire screen.

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[Update: App description, not name] Facebook wants the world to know it owns Instagram and WhatsApp

Even though Facebook acquired both Instagram and WhatsApp several years ago, the two services have operated fairly independently for a while. There has been some limited integration between the three in the form of friends and Story sharing across services, without being taken any further. Back in January, though, the company announced it's working on a unified backend for its messaging apps, and even considering cross-platform chat. But before doing so, Facebook needs everybody to know Instagram and WhatsApp are part of the company, as it wants to append its name to both services.

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Facebook Messenger Lite passes 500 million installs on the Play Store

Facebook's Messenger has grown from being a simple texting solution to an independent messaging and video chatting software. Because of its numerous features, the company separated Messenger into a dedicated app, which ended up being quite heavy. However, Facebook released Messenger Lite in 2016 to offer a less resource-hungry alternative for more limited devices. The lighter app has become so successful that it just passed 500 million downloads on the Play Store.

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Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency is official, Calibra wallet app coming 2020

Rumors have swirled for some time about a Facebook cryptocurrency and now it's official. It's called Libra and its lofty mission is similar to that of other digital currencies that have come before it, to "reinvent money" and "transform the global economy." At the same time, Facebook is sharing the wider plans for Calibra, a newly-formed subsidiary in charge of blockchain and financial services products going forward.

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Facebook Messenger desktop clients coming later this year

Facebook's Messenger app has gotten pretty hefty over the years, now weighing in at over 100MB. Some phones can't even run it properly, hence the need for a Lite version. Today at its F8 conference, Facebook announced a bunch of improvements coming Messenger's way, including a much lighter [iOS] mobile app and a desktop client.

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