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Facebook is down, sound the alarm [Updated]

Re/code

Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook to have more power in our lives, and we should resist

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TechCrunch , VentureBeat , PE Hub

Communication platform Layer raises $15M and acquires interactive messaging startup Cola

Funding
@ruhanirabin via The Verge

Twitter is locking accounts that swear at famous people

Communities
Mashable

WhatsApp hits 200 million active users in India

Asia Messaging
PE Hub

Greycroft leads Series B round for Layer

Messaging Funding Apps & Services
$50,000,000 Venture capital
Marketwire , TechCrunch , SiliconANGLE Media

Mailgun Raises $50 Million to Spin out From Rackspace and Accelerate Growth as a Leading Automated Email Platform for Developers

TNW

Google is bringing Allo to desktops soon, but maybe it should kill some other apps first

TNW

How Google is trying to make SMS sexy again

Messaging Mobile providers
Re/code

Google wants businesses to text with its Android Messages service

Mobile providers Messaging
TechCrunch

RCS, Google’s answer to iMessage, expands to 27 more carriers and OEMs

Messaging Mobile providers
Mashable

Google to launch a desktop version of Allo messenger

Apps Messaging
@ruhanirabin @reckless via The Verge , Re/code , TNW , +2

Android Messages will be new default texting app Google wants you to use

Messaging Mobile providers Apps
Mashable

Facebook's new emoji are finally available to everyone

PhoneArena , Mashable , TNW

Google Allo will soon be available on your desktop/laptop

CNET , Business Insider

ZeniMax seeks permanent injunction against Oculus

Wired

Android Can't Compete With iMessage. Google Is Changing That

Messaging Mobile providers
Product Hunt

SendOut

Business Insider

Google is killing a weird group messaging app less than one year after it launched

Re/code , The Verge

Salesforce joins Apple and Google in protesting Trump’s anti-transgender order

Diversity US elections Communities
TNW , Mashable

Facebook now lets you add your flag to your profile photo

TechMoran

GSMA Urges Policymakers to Advance the Digital Economy

Technology
Re/code , TechCrunch , Business Insider

Facebook is starting to put ads in the middle of its videos

TNW

This extension randomizes your Reactions to hide your true emotions from Facebook

Practical Ecommerce

To Optimize Email Marketing, Test These 3 Elements

People Messaging
PE Hub

Tantalus Systems picks up $6 mln

ZDNet

Secure messaging: Signal's the best, and then there's the rest

$36,000,000 Debt financing
PE Hub

Twin Brook supports two deals

$59,600,000 Private equity
PE Hub

Seaport Capital rakes in $59.6 mln for fifth fund

PE Hub

Diamanti lands $18 mln Series B

Funding Messaging
CNET

Microsoft creates Skype Lite especially for India

Asia
TechCrunch , VentureBeat

Messaging app Viber adds e-commerce button to sell you items inspired by your chats

ZDNet

​Windows 10 Mail: Microsoft rolls out Focused Inbox to cut out email clutter

Messaging New
PE Hub

Stada management receives 58 euro/share takeover offer from Advent: Reuters

Messaging Strategy
$5,100,000 Venture capital
PE Hub

TPG leads $5.1 mln round for Mercatus

PE Hub

Fusion Pharmaceuticals racks up $25 mln Series A

Messaging Funding
$4,000,000 Seed fund
PE Hub

Agriculture tech startup TL Biolabs scores $4 mln seed

Funding Messaging
Tech in Asia

China’s Weibo will soon have more users than Twitter

Asia Earnings
SiliconANGLE Media

Microsoft announces updates for Windows 10 Mail, Calendar and OneNote apps - SiliconANGLE

Acquisition
Techvibes

Hootsuite Acquires Analytics Company LiftMetrix to Measure Social ROI

VentureBeat

Chat app Viber to launch in-app shopping feature with brands like Macy’s and Rakuten.com

Product Hunt

Elucify

Product Hunt

Animated Stickers by Stickit

CNET

WhatsApp Status: Everything you need to know about the Snapchat clone

TNW

Customer service on Twitter is about to get more human

Observer Innovation

The Trump Administration Has Made Faxing Great Again (Though Not on Purpose)

US elections Messaging
GeekWire

Snap Inc. taps longtime Adobe VP and former UW professor David Salesin to lead research group

TechCrunch

Twitter debuts custom profiles for businesses’ agents, so people don’t think they’re talking to bots

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