Facebook Scoops Up Branch and Potluck
Facebook has acquired two small properties called Branch and Potluck. Both provide link-sharing services for social networks. They will be added to Facebook's conversations group. Facebook hopes to use the technology in Branch and Potluck's offerings to amplify the features and capabilities of its own messaging products. Branch and Potluck will remain in New York City. A value was not placed on the acquisition.
WhatsApp Improves Group Chat Tools
May 15, 2018
WhatsApp today added a handful of features to its group chat function that should improve the experience. For example, a new group description provides a short blurb that explains the purpose, topic, and guidelines behind each group.
Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
WeBoost, SureCall Roll Out In-Home Signal Boosters
Jan 6, 2016
WeBoost and SureCall both used CES as an opportunity to show off new cell signal boosters. Both products work in a similar fashion: they collect cell signals from nearby cell towers, amplify them, and rebroadcast them within the home to improve coverage and signal strength.
Facebook Improves User Control Over Group Chats in Messenger
Mar 21, 2018
Facebook today expanded the tools people can use to manage large group chats in Messenger. Administrator privileges allow people to approve new members before they can join a group chat, as well as remove members and promote/demote another user to/from the role of admin.