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WhatsApp gains QR codes for contacts, macOS Dark Mode support, animated stickers & more

The update brings animated stickers and QR contacts, in addition to Dark Mode support on the desktop/web and the ability to conduct fullscreen group calls.
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Never miss a reply again with Unreplied, a Mac app that shows unanswered iMessages

That unread badge count driving you crazy? With Unreplied, you'll never forget to reply to a text because every message you may have missed will be sitting in the macOS menu bar.
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Evidence that Apple plans to revitalize macOS Messages with a Catalyst version

New evidence based on the leaked iOS 14 code suggests that Apple is working to completely replace the Messages app on macOS with its Catalyst counterpart.
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WhatsApp is testing easier, more secure contact sharing via QR codes

You will be able to add new contacts quickly by scanning their QR codes, without having to add them to your phone's default contact-management app beforehand.
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WhatsApp has temporarily retreated on ads because Mark Zuckerberg feared backlash

The Information explains why Facebook pulled back last year from plans to introduce advertising to WhatsApp, the popular messaging app it acquired in 2014.
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Facebook expands Messenger Kids to 70+ countries, adds Supervised Friending and more

Messenger Kids from Facebook is expanding significantly — the software is now available in more than an additional 70 countries around the world.
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WhatsApp clamps down on bulk message forwarding to discourage spreading fake news

The messaging platform is attempting to slow down the dissemination of disinformation regarding the coronavirus, COVID-19 and other fake news.
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Facebook Messenger launches its Mac app in the US

Following its initial launch in France a month ago, Facebook Messenger continues its staggered rollout with immediate availability of the Mac app on the App Store in the US.
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iOS 14 iMessage: Slack-like mentions, message retracting, typing indicators in group chats, more

New features in iMessage could be introduced in iOS 14, boosting your messaging game with things like mentions, the ability to retract a message after it's sent and more.
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Facebook Messenger gets rid of the Discover tab and demotes chat bots

The Discover tab is no longer found on the main screen of the mobile Messenger app as its parent company Facebook decides to spotlight stories and content from your friends.