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SAN FRANCISCO - Virtual reality, artificial intelligence and drones will enable Facebook Inc to create a more lifelike and useful social network, the company said in its clearest explanation so far for technology projects that have puzzled some investors and analysts.

Facebook brings apps, businesses to Messenger service

SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc on Wednesday opened up its Messenger service for developers to create apps and for shoppers to communicate directly with retailers, as the Internet company seeks to expand its reach. | Video

Tech, 25 Mar 2015

UPDATE 1-Facebook brings apps, businesses to Messenger service

SAN FRANCISCO, March 25 - Facebook Inc on Wednesday opened up its Messenger service for developers to create apps and for shoppers to communicate directly with retailers, as the Internet company seeks to expand its reach.

Facebook expands messaging service features

SAN FRANCISCO, March 25 - Facebook Inc on Wednesday opened up its Messenger service for developers to create apps and for consumers to communicate directly with retailers, in the social media network's latest effort to expand its reach.

Beijing official says Chinese have no need for blocked websites

BEIJING - If Beijing is successful in its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics then foreigners who attend will get uncensored Internet access, but this isn't an issue for Chinese who "don't like" sites like Facebook and Twitter, an official said on Wednesday.

Sports, Tech, 25 Mar 2015

Accel launches $305 million Indian start-up fund

- Accel Partners, the venture capital firm that has backed the likes of Facebook and Flipkart, is launching a $305 million India-focused fund to capitalize on the country's favorable conditions for start-ups.

Tech, 24 Mar 2015

Battle for African Internet users stirs freedom fears

JOHANNESBURG - Google and Facebook are at the forefront of a scramble to win over new African Internet users, offering freebies they say give a leg-up to the poor but which critics argue is a plan to lock in customers on a continent of 1 billion people.

Tech, Africa 24 Mar 2015

Battle for African Internet users stirs freedom fears

JOHANNESBURG, March 24 - Google and Facebook are at the forefront of a scramble to win over new African Internet users, offering freebies they say give a leg-up to the poor but which critics argue is a plan to lock in customers on a continent of 1 billion people.

Tencent looks to Facebook for inspiration as revenue growth declines

HONG KONG/BEIJING - Tencent Holdings Ltd, China's biggest social network and online media firm, is taking inspiration from Facebook Inc in growing advertising revenue, executives said on Wednesday, after posting its slowest revenue growth in seven years.

Tech, 18 Mar 2015

Facebook to allow users to send money to friends through Messenger

- Facebook Inc said it is adding a new feature to its messaging app that allows friends to send and receive money through it.

Tech, 17 Mar 2015