Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Facebook aims to become 'Yellow Pages of messaging' with new Messenger updates

Facebook aims to become 'Yellow Pages of messaging' with new Messenger updates

Facebook's Messenger app has a bot infestation.

Masterpass-enabled bots work across multiple verticals-from restaurants to retail-making conversational commerce frictionless while delivering a more personalized experience.

Now, Facebook has been pushing these bots for a while, but they actually might end up coming in handy, at least on occasion. After hitting the "order now" button to begin their requests, the bot will ask for the user's location to find the closest Subway restaurant. It's one thing to run through an expense report with a bot, and quite another to order a pizza. The new chat extension is available here.

The project was launched in France a year ago, and Lara's ability to analyse up to 50 categories of criteria, including astrological signs, imperfections and hobbies means she is able to make romantic suggestions based on hard data.

This means that Apple Music subscribers will be able to use the feature within Messenger itself.

Facebook has since dialed back its public messaging about bots and acknowledged that the first version of the platform wasn't quite ready for prime time. But it couldn't hurt: Facebook's expenses are rising, and the company has made a decision to stop increasing the amount of advertising in its news feed, which could slow revenue growth, according to a Gadgets360 report.

Messenger users in the US will have access to Western Union's industry-leading digital and retail cross-border money transfer platform, as well as many innovative features including access to real-time foreign exchange rates and automated customer support.

"Certain things about humans is never going to change", he said. He has also developed tools to monitor brands' early adoption of live-streaming apps, compare Yahoo's and Google's search designs and examine the NFL's YouTube and Facebook video strategies.

New functionality introduced Tuesday gives bots the ability to participate in group chats and contextually embed content into messages.

Dating site Match has turned to artificial intelligence to help the British public with their dating lives - a chat bot in Facebook Messenger.

Bot developers can also generate special QR codes that trigger bot functions when scanned. The Spotify bot will offer playlist recommendations to users based on their mood, genre and activity. The feature basically allows users to share songs through Apple Music to Facebook feed. Spotify on the other hand detailed in a blog post about the Spotify chat extension. The move could also help Facebook attract more ad dollars from businesses interested in attracting new customers.

Lara uses natural language processing techniques to interact with users in a "seamless" manner according to, and will soon be rolled out throughout Europe.

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