April 12, 2016, 7:00 PM

Top News

Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Messenger platform with chatbots  —  Facebook will now allow businesses to deliver automated customer support, ecommerce guidance, content, and interactive experiences through chatbots.  By providing utility through its huge developer and business ecosystem …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it's testing allowing businesses to send sponsored messages in Messenger  —  Facebook starts allowing “Sponsored Messages” ads  —  Facebook launched its Messenger chatbot platform today, but how will it make money on it?  By charging businesses to send re-engagement messages …
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Facebook's David Marcus on the future of Messenger, how brands integrate into the platform, and how there are no plans for a bot store  —  Facebook Believes Messenger Will Anchor a Post-App Internet  —  The week before David Marcus will take the stage at Facebook's annual F8 developers' conference …
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook unveils Surround 360, a 17-lens, 3D VR camera, will open-source hardware designs and specs this summer, materials to build will cost $30K  —  This is Facebook's gorgeous, open-source 360-degree video camera  —  Hoping to dramatically increase the amount of 360-degree video on its platform …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Facebook makes its Live API publicly available, allows streaming directly to Facebook from non-mobile devices like drones, TV broadcast feeds  —  Facebook Opens Up Live Video to Developers to Allow Streaming from Any Device  —  Facebook just took video streaming on its Live platform beyond …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
HTC 10 launched with 5.2-inch quad HD display for $699, Snapdragon 820, 12MP camera, 3000mAh battery, AirPlay audio support, can pre-order now, ships next month  —  HTC 10 announced: a modern phone with familiar design  —  HTC is today formally announcing the 10, its flagship smartphone for 2016.
Narottam Medhora / Reuters:
Uber releases its first transparency report, showing it gave US regulatory agencies data on over 12M users and received 415 data requests from law enforcement  —  Uber says gave U.S. agencies data on more than 12 million users  —  Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] on Tuesday released …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Box teams up with AWS and IBM for Box Zones, which lets firms store files locally in Europe, Asia  —  Box Teams Up With Amazon, IBM to Offer Local Storage Worldwide  —  Cloud storage company Box is making an effort to widen its appeal as the office file storage and sharing product …

Sponsor Posts

Sports science helps football players get back on the field  —  See how the Seattle Seahawks use data to help players work as hard at recovery as they do on game day.
New security features from eero Plus  —  Protect all your connected devices with VPN, 1Password, Malwarebytes, and Ad blocking.
How to Automate Repetitive, Manual Tasks  —  Nearly half of information workers spend 25% of their work week on low-level tasks.  Automation can offer a competitive edge; read the free report.
23 and Counting: Localize Recruitment with Zoho Recruit  —  Isn't it very comforting to be able to work with a software that speaks your native tongue?  Switch to Zoho Recruit, that now supports hiring in 23 languages.
2017 Global Payments Report  —  Your ultimate guide to the world of payments in 36 markets.  Visit the microsite and download a free copy of the report.

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 7:00 PM ET, April 12, 2016.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Andy Weir / Neowin:

Earlier Picks

Julia Fioretti / Reuters: