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Facebook Messenger is about to get its game on

Are you game?

Are you game?

Just when you thought you were safe from ceaseless notifications from Farmville players, Facebook has let it be known that it is planning to add gaming apps to its secondary Messenger app. You know, the one you had to install on your iPhone because they took messaging functions out of the main Facebook mobile app.

Facebook is actively talking with game developers about using the Messenger platform to deliver gaming experiences, which would then lead to more interactions with the Messenger app, and probably revenues, as most of Facebook’s non advertising revenue comes from third-party games.

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A whole new world: Woman allowed to serve divorce papers via Facebook

You can now serve legal papers via Facebook. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

You can now serve legal papers via Facebook. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac


Ellanora Baidoo, 26, can finally change her Facebook status to “single” after a landmark decision in a Manhattan courtroom Monday that allows her to serve her evasive husband via private message on Facebook.

This is the first time anyone has been able to use the ubiquitous social networking site to serve legally binding papers.

The Ghanaian nurse “is granted permission serve defendant with the divorce summons using a private message through Facebook,” wrote Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper.

What’s next–small claims court via Twitter?

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Facebook takes on Vine and Snapchat with new Riff app

Photo: Facebook

Photo: Facebook

What if you combined the viral nature of Vine with the mini-story capability of Snapchat? That’s what Facebook is trying to do with Riff, a new app that’s available for download today.

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Facebook Messenger’s app store is here, and it sucks

Facebook Messenger apps

Facebook Messenger’s app platform is off to a pretty ‘meh’ start. Photo: Alex Heath/Cult of Mac

Facebook is building its own kind of app store around Messenger, or so was the pitch at the social network’s F8 conference last week.

But now that the new platform, which manifests itself as a list of approved iOS apps that integrate with Messenger, is out in the wild, it’s not that impressive.

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Facebook Messenger wants to be your chatty pipeline to the world

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Photo: Facebook

Today Facebook unveiled the future of Messenger, and it’s actually quite ambitious.

It’s clear that the social giant wants Messenger to be the one-stop for not just messaging, but all sorts of app interactions. Businesses will also be able to chat directly with customers through Messenger, which opens the door for communicating directly with brands like never before.

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Instagram’s new Layout app has an unsettling secret

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Layout from Instagram? That name sounds oddly familiar. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

What happens when a multi-billion-dollar social network steals your app’s name?

Independent developer Mike Swanson asked that question Monday when he learned that Instagram had released Layout, the Facebook-owned company’s new iPhone app for creating photo collages.

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You can now send your friends money with Facebook Messenger

Sending money in Facebook Messenger is that easy.

Sending money in Facebook Messenger is that easy.

Facebook is taking on Square, PayPal, and Venmo with its own digital payments service. Starting today, Facebook Messenger will allow users to instantaneously transfer real money at zero cost.

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How to kill Facebook’s annoying app sounds on your iPhone

Tired of the new bleeps already? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Tired of the new bleeps already? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

You may have noticed recently that the Facebook app makes sounds. Like a post? Chirp. Refresh the news feed? Swoosh. It’s like your iPhone got suddenly chatty and wants you to know that you’re tapping on the screen with every blip and bloop.

Surely you’d like to turn these things off. You could just mute your whole iPhone with the sound toggle button, but if you want to have other audio come through, like video, music, or (gasp) phone calls, you can dip into your Facebook app settings and soon experience the bliss of a blip-free Facebook browsing experience.

Here’s how.

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Facebook conquers death in the status update game

The Grim Reaper: Photo: Ordo/Flickr

Your Facebook account is now safe from the Grim Reaper: Photo: Ordo/Flickr

When it comes to dying, who’s going to take over my Facebook account isn’t one of my biggest worries, but if you want to ensure that you’re killing it on social media from the grave, Facebook just rolled out a new feature that lets you give your account to someone when the Grim Reaper comes knocking.

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Facebook’s iOS app will start recommending nearby places to you

Facebook's getting place recommendations. Photo: Cult of Mac

Facebook’s getting place recommendations. Photo: Cult of Mac

Facebook has been trying to go after Foursquare’s slice of the geolocation pie for a while now, and a new update to Facebook’s iOS app doubles down on that policy, providing Foursquare-style recommendations for places to visit in your area, based upon the suggestion of friends.

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