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Yahoo is testing Squirrel, an invite-only group messaging app

19 days ago   |   By TechCrunch

Messaging apps collectively passed the 5 billion mark for monthly active users last year , with Facebook's WhatsApp and Messenger on track now to pass 2 billion users apiece. With messaging's popularity showing no signs of slowing down, a new app is entering the fray in hopes of catching the wave. Yahoo has quietly launched a new iOS and Android messaging app called Squirrel , focused specifically on friend, family and work groups that want to exchange messages and share photos, links and other media.
The key with Squirrel is that access to any group is by invitation-only. That is, you...
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Facebook United

Facebook United

19 days ago   |   By TechCrunch

Facebook was a mess. The independence it dangled to close acquisition deals with Instagram and WhatsApp turned the company into a tangle of overlapping products. Every app had its own messaging and Stories options. Economies of scale were squandered. Top innovators led mature products already bursting at the seams with features while new opportunities went unseized.
Facebook was effectively drowning in its own success because the different arms couldn't coordinate to paddle in the same direction.
But today Facebook announced its biggest reorganization ever that could cut the redundancy...
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The number of messages sent via WhatsApp each day has tripled since Facebook bought it four years ago

The number of messages sent via WhatsApp each day has tripled since Facebook bought it four years ago

19 days ago   |   By Business Insider

When Facebook acquired WhatsApp four years ago, the number of messages being sent via the messaging platform was about a third of what it is today.
Judging by this chart from Statista , it isn't slowing down. As of May 2018, about 1.5 billion users are sending 65 billion messages via the WhatsApp mobile app and web client per day, up from one billion a couple of years after the company launched in 2009.
That's tremendous growth for WhatsApp, and it makes Facebook look very smart for having spent $19 billion on it in 2014. Given Facebook's massive social network - more than double...
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