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Instant Messaging Roundup

You may have seen a news report about Facebook being sued for using a “buy or bury” strategy to snap up rivals and keep smaller competitors at bay. This may lead to Facebook being forced to sell its prized assets WhatsApp and Instagram. I have never used Instagram, which is described as a photo and video social networking service, but I did start using WhatsApp just over a year ago to keep in touch with members of my local Green Party. WhatsApp is an instant messaging (IM) app that was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for 19 billion dollars. Facebook already had its own IM system called simply “Messenger” – there is a Messenger App for mobile devices as well as an interface in the Facebook social networking website that allows users to send and receive messages in the browser.

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