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Facebook to merge Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp

Published: 27/Jan/2019 22:35 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 14:47

by Paul Cot

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Facebook plan to integrate its popular messaging services Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and the message feature within Instagram. It will mean messages can be sent between them!

Facebook Messenger Merge

The merge won’t result in there being one all encompassing Facebook Messenger app. Instead, all three of Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp will remain stand-alone messaging services.

However, their background infrastructure will be modified. This is reportedly a complicated, time consuming process but work on it has already begun.

Messages between the three services would see a less fragmented messaging market. It would also result in more active users within the Facebook ecosystem.

Elsewhere, some users on Social Media took time to make a joke of the news.

Messaging Encryption

Furthermore, a big part of the plan is to include end-to-end encryption. The addition of this would theoretically mean that only the communicating users can read the messages.

It should prevent anyone else from having the ability to read the messages, including Facebook themselves.

Consequently, a Facebook Messenger user would be able to send a fully encrypted message to someone on Instagram (or WhatsApp), and vice-versa.

Facebook Disagreements

The surprise plan is a backtrack on Mark Zuckerberg’s previous stance in regards to the messaging apps. Originally, he said Instagram and WhatsApp operate separately from Facebook.

Since buying Instagram and Whatsapp in 2012 and 2014 respectively, the original founders of those apps have parted ways with Facebook.

Moreover, it has been reported that current WhatsApp employees were upset with this latest project. Regardless, the plan will go ahead.

Data Privacy

The integration between the messaging will raise questions about data privacy.

Interestingly, Facebook and Instagram require users to provide real identities to user their services. Conversely, you can sign up to WhatsApp with just a phone number.

This could result in more security conscious users leaving the service. With that said, this would likely pail in comparison to the new users Facebook would gain.

The online messaging market somewhat fragmented at the moment. With different continents favoring particular messaging apps, this project is clearly part of a more long-term plan for Facebook to become the leading messaging service in the world.

The likes of Apple’s iMessage and Tencent’s WeChat will no doubt be taking notice.

The news was first reported by the NY Times.

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Marvel reassembles with Team Liquid for esports apparel until 2022

Published: 23/Oct/2020 21:33

by Adam Fitch

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Entertainment giant Marvel and Team Liquid have renewed their partnership and released a new collection to celebrate.

Over a year on from the initial announcement of Team Liquid helping Marvel enter the esports industry, the collaboration has now been extended for another year.

Now lasting through to 2022, the partnership’s renewal has been commemorated with the release of retro-themed hoodies, sweatpants, shorts, and t-shirts.

The collection features 8-bit interpretations of Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor alongside Team Liquid branding. They collaborated with artist Pixel Jeff on the limited apparel range.

Marvel Team Liquid Retro Collection
Team Liquid
Marvel and Team Liquid have released a collection with retro designs.

Since entering the industry with Team Liquid in June 2019, Marvel have released a number of collaborative clothing lines with the org including both esports-focused designs and more casual, streetwear items.

It’s said that original content will be a component of the extended partnership, though no specific plans have been unveiled at the time of writing.

More co-branded merchandise and apparel will come from Team Liquid and Marvel. So far, they’ve used designs of The Avengers, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Widow, X-Men, The Hulk, and Thor.

“We’re excited to continue our team-up with Marvel,” said Team Liquid owner Steve Arhancet. “Both of our brands are built around compelling narratives: heroes, rivalries, triumph and even, overcoming hardships. And, there’s so many more stories for us to tell together through custom apparel, original content and other fan offerings.”

Marvel, who are owned by The Walt Disney Company, also partnered with Australian organization The Chiefs in a two-year deal, which was announced in February this year.

The extension with Team Liquid shows that the company are serious about esports after successfully completing their first year in the industry, and that can only be a good sign for the future.