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Facebook Messenger Test: Reading Voice Messages (SocialTimes)
One of the most useful features of text messaging and messaging services like Facebook Messenger is the fact that users can communicate via those channels when they are in places where voice calls would be difficult to hear, such as parties, bars, clubs and concerts, or where users may not want to play them, such as during meetings. Facebook announced a test to enable Messenger users to read voice messages sent via the application. Daily Mail To send a voice clip on Facebook Messenger, tap the microphone icon, record the message and send. The tool is being added to a “small test” group of people using the Messenger app, but it is not known when it will be rolled out more widely. The Wall Street Journal David Marcus, Facebook’s vice president of messaging products, who joined Facebook last year from eBay PayPal unit, said Facebook will experiment with ways to generate revenue from Messenger, but is not in a hurry to do so. “We’ll try different things, and hopefully we’ll find something that solves a real problem for people using the service and eventually for businesses on the other side,” he said. Entrepreneur While he did not reference Facebook’s recent acquisition of speech recognition startup Wit.ai, analysts predicted at the time that the purchase signaled Facebook’s move into voice messaging. ZDNet Users can already send voice clips using the Messenger app and video clips by using Messenger through a browser. Voice to text is the next logical step for the product.
Spotify Gets a Fresh Lick of Paint and New Features on Windows Phone (The Next Web)
Spotify has announced an update for its Windows Phone app that brings a new darker look to the music streaming service. Available to download now for Windows Phone 8 (or higher) users, there’s a darker overall theme, revamped typography and some smooth new rounded icons.
Zynga Co-Founder’s Greedy Goblins ‘Strategic Runner’ Debuts on the iPhone (VentureBeat)
Eric Schiermeyer, the co-founder of Zynga and the analytics expert behind its success, has launched a new iOS game dubbed Greedy Goblins in an effort to pioneer the new genre of “strategic runner” on mobile. This is the first game from Schiermeyer’s newest studio, Luminary, a team with just six developers.
Brands Salute MLK, but When Does Inspiring Become Exploiting? (Adweek)
Here we are celebrating the life and legacy of civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And right on cue, brands are tweeting out messages of rememberance stamped with the company’s logo, or even the product itself.
How NBC Sports is Building Off of World Cup Interest (LostRemote)
Along with a boost in linear ratings, the NBC Sports Soccer Facebook page has enjoyed a 78 percent increase in fans heading into the second half of the Premier League season. “The World Cup was the biggest reason we saw the growth we did this season, Lyndsay Signor, director of social media marketing, NBC Sports, tells Lost Remote.
Say Happy Birthday to Facebook’s Oldest Member (ABC News)
Edythe Kirchmaier, Facebook’s oldest registered user, turns 107 today. Kirchmaier earned the distinction of being the social networking site’s oldest member when her friends at the medical aid charity Direct Relief signed her up for an account on her 105th birthday.
Google Glass, Good Riddance (SocialTimes)
I have a very unpopular opinion to share, especially on a technically-minded blog: I am so relieved that Google Glass is being shelved for the time being. I tried to understand Google Glass, and the part of my brain that thinks logically knows that I should welcome wearables with open arms.
Ready for Hillary, Emily’s List in Talks to Join Social Media Forces (ABC News)
Ready for Hillary, the energetic, pro-Clinton super PAC, plans to shut down for good if and when Clinton announces for president, but not before finding a home for two key assets: A massive email list of roughly 3 million supporters that the group has generated and its extensive social media network, which includes more than 2 million Facebook fans and roughly 150,000 Twitter followers. The email list and corresponding data are expected to be transferred to Clinton’s official campaign in what is called a “list swap” – a legally complicated process that will surely be scrutinized by outside groups, such as the Campaign Legal Center, which work to enforce campaign finance laws.
Mobile Web Browser UC Browser Adds Real-Time Facebook Notifications (SocialTimes)
Third-party mobile Web browser UC Browser, from UCWeb, announced that it teamed up with Facebook to provide real-time notifications from the social network directly to users, without requiring them to have the Facebook application open. Quartz pointed out that this initiative marks the first time Facebook notifications will be available to users from a source other than the social network’s app or mobile site.