ProBeat: Facebook sits on Snapchat

You know when you’re wrestling someone significantly bigger and you realize they can simply sit on you? It doesn’t matter what Snap is scheming, Facebook this week showed that it has figured out how to throw its weight around. Instagram announced yesterday that Stories is now used by 200 million people daily. The latest figure we…

AI Weekly: VB Messenger bot, DeepMind, Dropbox, and more

Here’s this week’s newsletter: VentureBeat today announced the launch of a personalized news bot for Facebook Messenger, which follows the release of our voicebot for Google Home. What sets the VB Messenger bot apart from other news bots are its built-in learning and intelligence. The VB bot observes readers’ behavior and continuously updates their profiles…

Facebook’s F8 plans include camera effects platform, offline Instagram

 What will Facebook launch next week at its F8 conference? The schedule reveals plans to give Instagram offline features that are already in testing, opening its Camera Effects Platform to developers so they can create more powerful photo and video overlays for people to use, and a Places Graph for developers to do more with…

Instagram Stories now used by 200 million people daily, gets new creative tools

Instagram is seeing continued growth in the number of people using its Snapchat Stories-like feature. Four months after launching, the company revealed that 150 million people were using Instagram Stories daily. And four months later, that number has grown to 200 million. Although Instagram said that 200 million people use the stories feature every day,…

VentureBeat’s personalized news bot is now available on Messenger

VentureBeat today announced that its personalized news bot is now available on Facebook Messenger. What sets the VB Messenger bot apart from other news bots are its built-in learning and intelligence. The VB bot observes readers’ behavior and continuously updates their profiles based on their interests to deliver personalized news feeds. Over time, as readers’…

A top engineer at Twitter left the company last month

Here’s one that slipped through the cracks. Chris Pinkham, who joined Twitter two years ago as vice president of engineering, has left the social networking company. Pinkham is well-known in tech circles as one of the creators of the early Amazon cloud computing service more than a decade ago. Amazon Web Services is now a…

Facebook Messenger passes 1.2 billion monthly active users

Less than a week before Facebook holds its 2017 F8 developer conference, the company has revealed that more than 1.2 billion people use Messenger every month. This is a 20 percent increase from July 2016, when the app first passed the 1 billion mark. It’s also 64 percent of Facebook’s 1.68 billion monthly users, a…

Facebook Messenger hits 1.2 billion monthly users, up from 1B in July

 Normally adding 200 million users in 8 months to a product that already has a billion would reduce the average engagement, but most apps don’t have Facebook Messenger’s network effect. Now with 1.2 billion monthly active users, “we increased engagement massively in terms of number of messages sent per active user. We had double-digit growth percentage-wise&#8221……

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 won’t have the Bixby voice assistant until this spring

Bad news for those interested in testing out Bixby voice assistant with the Samsung Galaxy S8 later this month: It won’t be immediately available. While other key features of the artificial intelligent assistant will be available such as vision, home, and reminder, the voice-enabled service will be absent until this spring, and only for those in the…