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Facebook Messenger Launches Free VOIP Video Calls Over Cellular And Wi-Fi — It's not polite to call someone out of the blue anymore. Best to text them first. That's why Facebook thinks video calling will live naturally inside Messenger. Today, Messenger is launching free VOIP video calling over cellular and wifi connections on iOS and Android in the U.S., Canada, UK, and 15 other countries.

uBeam’s Ultrasound Wireless Charging Is Real, And About To Be Really Funded — What if wireless power at a distance actually worked? It does. uBeam invented a way to wirelessly send energy up to 15 feet away with ultrasound. What if you could slap a wireless charging case on your phone and charge it while you move around or use it? uBeam invented that too.

Oculus Co-Founder Nate Mitchell Will Give Disrupt NY The Real Deal On Virtual Reality — Oculus is getting ready to launch its consumer Rift virtual reality headset so at TechCrunch Disrupt NY I'll be sitting down with the man who made it. Nate Mitchell is the co-founder and VP of Product at Oculus.

Instagram Cuts Off Hot GIF App Phhhoto From Its Social Graph — "Removed instagram friend-finding cause they blocked us! #nochill" This note in hip GIF app Phhhoto's latest release notes was how it announced its users can no longer easily follow their Instagram friends. Instagram confirmed to me that it has blocked Phhhoto's Find Friends access, but it has a policy of not discussing platform enforcement issues regarding specific developers.

First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator” — Operator wants to "unlock the 90% of commerce that's not on the Internet", CEO Robin Chan tells me. After two years in stealth, Chan was finally willing to give TechCrunch a peek at his startup, which he sees as the convergence of the biggest themes in tech: mobile, messaging, and the on-demand economy.

Facebook Messenger Accounts For 10% Of Global VOIP Calls, Sends 45M Messages Daily — Facebook Messenger wants to replace the telephone, not just SMS, and its on its way. Messenger now makes up 10% of global Voice Over IP calls, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during today's Q1 2015 earnings call. Considering Facebook only rolled out free VOIP calling to Messenger last April, it's already becoming a legitimate competitor to apps like Skype.

Facebook Has Mixed Q1 Earnings With Miss On $3.54B Revenue, Beat On $0.42 EPS, User Growth Up To Hit 1.44B — Facebook failed to beat earnings estimates in Q1 2015 after 10 straight quarters of beating them. Its revenue of $3.54 billion fell short of its $3.56 billion estimate, though it exceeded the 40 cents EPS estimate with 42 cent. Its user count is now 1.44 billion, up 3.6% quarter over quarter, faster than Q4's 3.18% growth.

“Hello” Is Facebook’s New Android-Only Social Caller ID App — Say goodbye to calls from unknown numbers. Facebook's newest app Hello instantly matches phone numbers of incoming and outgoing calls to Facebook profiles to show you info about who you're talking to, block calls from commonly blocked numbers, and search for businesses to call.

Facebook News Feed Reprioritizes Your Real Friends Above Pages — No one likes brands more than their friends, and there are plenty of ways to get their marketing updates. Facebook's unique value is keeping you up to date on your real-life friends. So to "get this balance right" Facebook today announced it's reconfiguring News Feed to show content from close friends higher up, which may push posts from business Pages further down.

Stop Calling. Schedule Local Biz Appointments With MyTime, Which Just Scored $9.3M — "I don't know anyone who likes calling businesses. It's not fast or convenient, and it definitely doesn't feel like the future." Mark Zuckerberg may as well have been explaining the need for MyTime when he said that last month about Messenger's upcoming business chat feature.
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Apr 27, 2015

RT @Techmeme: Sources: uBeam looking to raise about $50M in Series B, potentially valuing company at $500M+……

Apr 27, 2015

@AlexErnst I want to see @ummmheather brought in on more collabs. Adorable, great concepts & storyboarding. Cc @LoganPaul @KingBach @john

Apr 27, 2015

During the stream, Periscope is so slick, but before and after is messy and unreliable

Apr 27, 2015

I find @periscopeco's interface infuriating. I always forget to turn the tweet on, and one false swipe and it cancels your replay upload

Apr 27, 2015

RT @Techmeme: Facebook Messenger Launches Free VOIP Video Calls Over Cellular And Wi-Fi (@joshconstine)……

Apr 27, 2015

NYT tries its first Virtual Reality piece "Walking NY". This is the VR journalism I predicted in The Empathy Machine…

Apr 27, 2015

Living out a Silicon Valley parody at Rothenberg Ventures' Founders Field Day at Giants Stadium

Apr 27, 2015

Fb on livestreaming potential, "We’re building infrastructure that will allow us to do anything we want with video"

Apr 27, 2015

@karangoel not really. When you order it just gives you two price points and you decide if you can wait.

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