Why Facebook is requiring Messenger for chat
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Why Facebook is requiring Messenger for chat

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Facebook wants you to believe that two Facebook apps are better than one. Facebook wants you to believe that two Facebook apps are better than one. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your Cnet update. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your Cnet update. In social media there is a universal truth that we all can agree on: Facebook is annoying. In social media there is a universal truth that we all can agree on: Facebook is annoying. It's constantly making drastic changes to its design and privacy. It's constantly making drastic changes to its design and privacy. It's a hassle to keep up with it all, and you feel like you can't walk away, because everyone you know is on it. It's a hassle to keep up with it all, and you feel like you can't walk away, because everyone you know is on it. We don't want to feel cut off from friends, so that's why we put up with Facebook's bad behavior. We don't want to feel cut off from friends, so that's why we put up with Facebook's bad behavior. Well, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is at it again, but this time the change will be a bigger annoyance, and it could drive some people away. Well, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is at it again, but this time the change will be a bigger annoyance, and it could drive some people away. In the coming days you will no longer be able to send private messages in the main Facebook app. In the coming days you will no longer be able to send private messages in the main Facebook app. If you want to ever have a private chat with someone, you'll have to download a second app. If you want to ever have a private chat with someone, you'll have to download a second app. It's called Messenger. It's called Messenger. Facebook has been pushing this app for some time now, but it used to be optional for those of us who didn't like jumping back and forth between two apps. Facebook has been pushing this app for some time now, but it used to be optional for those of us who didn't like jumping back and forth between two apps. Facebook is putting us through this headache because it's facing pressure to better compete with chat apps. Facebook is putting us through this headache because it's facing pressure to better compete with chat apps. Facebook buying WhatsApp, the most popular private chat app was not enough. Facebook buying WhatsApp, the most popular private chat app was not enough. It had beefed up its own messenger app and last week Messenger added the ability to make free WiFi calls to anyone on Facebook. It had beefed up its own messenger app and last week Messenger added the ability to make free WiFi calls to anyone on Facebook. That's a nice feature for folks who want to avoid the high cost of international calling. That's a nice feature for folks who want to avoid the high cost of international calling. Last year the free WiFi calling was for Android only, but now IOS devices can join in. Last year the free WiFi calling was for Android only, but now IOS devices can join in. And if you don't have WiFi, a call on the app will use your 3G or 4G data connection. And if you don't have WiFi, a call on the app will use your 3G or 4G data connection. Messenger may be important to Facebook, but Facebook has not been very successful at making its own secondary apps. Messenger may be important to Facebook, but Facebook has not been very successful at making its own secondary apps. Home for Android was designed to take over your Android home screen and that flopped. Home for Android was designed to take over your Android home screen and that flopped. There's also the news-centric app called Paper, but that has not been a hit either. There's also the news-centric app called Paper, but that has not been a hit either. I don't need Facebook editors picking what news I should be reading. I don't need Facebook editors picking what news I should be reading. Thanks, but no thanks. Thanks, but no thanks. So this just continues the trend of Facebook wanting to take over your phone with more apps. So this just continues the trend of Facebook wanting to take over your phone with more apps. Let's move on to news about an even bigger headache. Let's move on to news about an even bigger headache. In the last update, I explained the serious nature of the heartbleed bug that impacted countless websites. In the last update, I explained the serious nature of the heartbleed bug that impacted countless websites. It's a security flaw that could have potentially exposed your personal info, your passwords, and your credit cards to hackers for the past two years. It's a security flaw that could have potentially exposed your personal info, your passwords, and your credit cards to hackers for the past two years. And now everyone's patching it up. And now everyone's patching it up. So, if you want to be safe, log out of all websites. So, if you want to be safe, log out of all websites. And before logging back in, check to see if the site has been fixed. And before logging back in, check to see if the site has been fixed. Cnet has a list of the status for the top 100 websites. Cnet has a list of the status for the top 100 websites. But you should still do some homework for the smaller services you use, like perhaps your community bank website. But you should still do some homework for the smaller services you use, like perhaps your community bank website. There are a few tools to test a website. There are a few tools to test a website. One is at SSLlabs.com, and if the site is patched up, then you should change your password. One is at SSLlabs.com, and if the site is patched up, then you should change your password. That's your tech news update. That's your tech news update. You can head to cnet.com for more details. You can head to cnet.com for more details. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [SOUND] [SOUND] Facebook wants you to believe that two Facebook apps are better than one. Facebook wants you to believe that two Facebook apps are better than one. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your Cnet update. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your Cnet update. In social media there is a universal truth that we all can agree on: Facebook is annoying. In social media there is a universal truth that we all can agree on: Facebook is annoying. It's constantly making drastic changes to its design and privacy. It's constantly making drastic changes to its design and privacy. It's a hassle to keep up with it all, and you feel like you can't walk away, because everyone you know is on it. It's a hassle to keep up with it all, and you feel like you can't walk away, because everyone you know is on it. We don't want to feel cut off from friends, so that's why we put up with Facebook's bad behavior. We don't want to feel cut off from friends, so that's why we put up with Facebook's bad behavior. Well, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is at it again, but this time the change will be a bigger annoyance, and it could drive some people away. Well, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is at it again, but this time the change will be a bigger annoyance, and it could drive some people away. In the coming days you will no longer be able to send private messages in the main Facebook app. In the coming days you will no longer be able to send private messages in the main Facebook app. If you want to ever have a private chat with someone, you'll have to download a second app. If you want to ever have a private chat with someone, you'll have to download a second app. It's called Messenger. It's called Messenger. Facebook has been pushing this app for some time now, but it used to be optional for those of us who didn't like jumping back and forth between two apps. Facebook has been pushing this app for some time now, but it used to be optional for those of us who didn't like jumping back and forth between two apps. Facebook is putting us through this headache because it's facing pressure to better compete with chat apps. Facebook is putting us through this headache because it's facing pressure to better compete with chat apps. Facebook buying WhatsApp, the most popular private chat app was not enough. Facebook buying WhatsApp, the most popular private chat app was not enough. It had beefed up its own messenger app and last week Messenger added the ability to make free WiFi calls to anyone on Facebook. It had beefed up its own messenger app and last week Messenger added the ability to make free WiFi calls to anyone on Facebook. That's a nice feature for folks who want to avoid the high cost of international calling. That's a nice feature for folks who want to avoid the high cost of international calling. Last year the free WiFi calling was for Android only, but now IOS devices can join in. Last year the free WiFi calling was for Android only, but now IOS devices can join in. And if you don't have WiFi, a call on the app will use your 3G or 4G data connection. And if you don't have WiFi, a call on the app will use your 3G or 4G data connection. Messenger may be important to Facebook, but Facebook has not been very successful at making its own secondary apps. Messenger may be important to Facebook, but Facebook has not been very successful at making its own secondary apps. Home for Android was designed to take over your Android home screen and that flopped. Home for Android was designed to take over your Android home screen and that flopped. There's also the news-centric app called Paper, but that has not been a hit either. There's also the news-centric app called Paper, but that has not been a hit either. I don't need Facebook editors picking what news I should be reading. I don't need Facebook editors picking what news I should be reading. Thanks, but no thanks. Thanks, but no thanks. So this just continues the trend of Facebook wanting to take over your phone with more apps. So this just continues the trend of Facebook wanting to take over your phone with more apps. Let's move on to news about an even bigger headache. Let's move on to news about an even bigger headache. In the last update, I explained the serious nature of the heartbleed bug that impacted countless websites. In the last update, I explained the serious nature of the heartbleed bug that impacted countless websites. It's a security flaw that could have potentially exposed your personal info, your passwords, and your credit cards to hackers for the past two years. It's a security flaw that could have potentially exposed your personal info, your passwords, and your credit cards to hackers for the past two years. And now everyone's patching it up. And now everyone's patching it up. So, if you want to be safe, log out of all websites. So, if you want to be safe, log out of all websites. And before logging back in, check to see if the site has been fixed. And before logging back in, check to see if the site has been fixed. Cnet has a list of the status for the top 100 websites. Cnet has a list of the status for the top 100 websites. But you should still do some homework for the smaller services you use, like perhaps your community bank website. But you should still do some homework for the smaller services you use, like perhaps your community bank website. There are a few tools to test a website. There are a few tools to test a website. One is at SSLlabs.com, and if the site is patched up, then you should change your password. One is at SSLlabs.com, and if the site is patched up, then you should change your password. That's your tech news update. That's your tech news update. You can head to cnet.com for more details. You can head to cnet.com for more details. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. 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