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Russia starts blocking Telegram messenger

MOSCOW: Russia’s state telecommunications regulator said on Monday it had begun blocking access to Telegram messenger after the company refused to comply with an order to give Russian state security access to its users’ secret messages.…

Facebook brings mobile games to Messenger

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Tuesday unveiled "Instant Games" allowing users of the world's biggest social network to play from its Messenger application or directly on their news feeds. The new games effort could be a step toward…

Anyone can chat with the White House… through a bot

WASHINGTON: It's now easy to chat on Facebook Messenger with the White House --  or more accurately through the presidential "bot" released by the Obama administration on Friday. The White House unveiled what was touted as "the first-ever…

Facebook tests end-to-end encryption on Messenger

Facebook said it began testing end-to-end encryption on its popular Messenger application to prevent snooping on digital conversations. The limited testing on Messenger, which has more than 900 million users, comes three months after…

Facebook brings ‘chat bots’ to Messenger

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Tuesday extended its reach beyond online socializing by building artificial-intelligence powered "bots" into its Messenger application to allow businesses to have software engage in lifelike text exchanges.