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Google launches its first WeChat mini program as its China experiments continue | TechCrunch
Earlier this year, Tencent added support for games — “mini games” — and the Chinese firm recently said that more than one million mini programs have been created to date. Engagement is high, with some 500 million WeChat users interacting with at least one each month.

WeChat has become the key distribution channel in China and that’s why Google is embracing it with its first mini program — 猜画小歌, a game that roughly translates to “Guess My Sketch.” There’s no English announcement, but the details can be found in this post on Google’s Chinese blog, which includes the QR code to scan to get the game.

The app is a take on games like Zynga’s Draw Something, which puts players into teams to guess what the other is drawing. Google, however, is adding a twist. Each player teams up with an AI and then battles against their friends and their AIs. You can find an English version of the game online here.
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2 days ago by dancall
Facebook payments patent reveals e-commerce ambitions | Retail Dive
Facebook has filed a patent application for a messaging service using artificial intelligence that will allow users to place orders to merchants and complete payments within its Messenger chat app, according to CB Insights.
For example, to search and pay for products, consumers would visit a merchant's page on Facebook where they would engage a messaging bot, and place their order within the chat, all without leaving Facebook.
This patent would add to the social network's efforts to support payments in Messenger, something that is currently in closed developer beta, CB Insights reported. Facebook is seeking to streamline consumers' use of the digital processes on the pages of sellers, Digital Transactions noted.
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2 days ago by dancall
Facebook Files Patent for Messenger Chatbot | PYMNTS.com
As Facebook continues its forays into commerce, the company has filed a patent for a messaging bot that enables users to pay for items. The patent, which is called “Processing Payment Transactions Using Artificial Intelligence Messaging Services,” details a bot that can understand and reply to the requests of users, CB Insights reported.

An illustration for the patent details a chat between a consumer and a coffee shop bot. After the bot tells the user the price of a beverage, the user is able to confirm that they want to purchase the item. If the user agrees, the bot is able to ask for a payment method and place the order. It can also create an order number and offer a time for the consumer to pick up the item. In order to accomplish all of these tasks, the bot reportedly uses natural language processing (NLP).
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2 days ago by dancall
Microsoft Teams – Group Chat software
So they have a decent free tier now? Well, minus the pro upgrade nag...
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9 days ago by asteroza
Encrypted Messaging Apps Have Limitations You Should Know | WIRED
Hygienic use of encrypted messaging; per the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

"Good opsec will save you from bad crypto, but good crypto won't save you from bad opsec," says Kenn White, director of the Open Crypto Audit Project, referencing a classic warning from security researcher The Grugq. "It's easy for people to be confused."
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16 days ago by JJLDickinson
Study: Global chatbot market to grow 24.4% in next 4 years | Mobile Marketer
The global chatbot market is forecast to grow by 24.43% over the next four years, with self-service apps driving adoption, according to a report by Research and Markets.
Businesses are developing chatbots as virtual assistants in digital commerce and customer care, using technologies like machine learning, natural language understanding and artificial intelligence (AI) to engage customers. Virtual assistants can answer repetitive and fairly simple questions from customers, reducing call center costs.
One of the major impediments so far to chatbot growth globally is the lack of awareness and standardization, according to the report. Consumers in emerging markets like Brazil and India are unaware of chatbots and their usefulness, which limits their widespread adoption.
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18 days ago by dancall
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19 days ago by trai25
Ad Council targets underage drinking with Messenger chatbot | Mobile Marketer
The Ad Council released a mobile messaging campaign about the consequences of underage drinking and driving via a story-driven chat experience on Facebook Messenger. The experience, called the "Ultimate Party Foul," was developed in partnership with conversational marketing platform Snaps, according to a press release.
The experience, which is aimed at teens who interact with interactive stories and chatbots online, highlights the range of potential consequences of drinking and driving, and plays on teens' fear of losing the newfound freedom a driver's license represents. Messenger hosts the chatbot, while Facebook is donating media placements to support the campaign.
teens  alcohol  im  creative  bots 
20 days ago by dancall
Plate-forme de messagerie client | Intercom
Messagerie moderne pour les ventes, le marketing et le support, le tout sur la première plateforme pensée pour les clients.
business  IM  e-commerce 
24 days ago by mandarine

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