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April 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook began notifying users of its mobile app Wednesday that it will soon disable the app's messaging feature. The Menlo Park, Calif., tech giant is instructing users to download the Facebook Messenger app -- a distinct entity from its main app -- if they wish to continue messaging friends from their smartphones. The Facebook Messenger app has been available for a number of years, and users who have both apps installed already can only message others through the separate app. But soon, all users will be forced to download the second app if they want to be able to message friends.
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BUSINESS
March 26, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Meet Nick D'Aloisio, the 17-year-old British entrepreneur who just sold his popular news-reading app to Yahoo Inc. for close to $30 million, instantly becoming one of the world's youngest self-made millionaires. It's the classic Silicon Valley success story of a young software prodigy striking it ridiculously and improbably big. But this time the spotlight is shining on the other side of the pond. D'Aloisio, who taught himself to write software at age 12, built the free iPhone app Summly - which automatically summarizes news stories for small screens - in his London bedroom in 2011.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Facebook introduced a new native Messenger app for users' computers. The app lets you "chat with friends without opening Facebook," according to Facebook's message introducing the app. The app is only available to Windows users, but the company has said Mac users will get it soon. It officially launched in March after leaking in December, and it is slowly rolling out to users. ROUNDUP: The freshest Facebook features The app, Facebook's first native desktop app, uses the same branding as Facebook's mobile Messenger app, which received an update on both Android and iOS on Monday.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has begun expanding the free voice calling feature on its Messenger app to Android users. Earlier this year, the company introduced free voice calling for iPhone users, letting them use the Messenger app to call other Facebook members. The app uses smartphones' Internet connections to make the call, either through a Wi-Fi network or over 3G or 4G networks. Now, three months after introducing the feature for iPhone users, Facebook started rolling it out to some U.S. Android users Thursday afternoon and says more users will get the feature throughout Friday.
NEWS
May 19, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Travel & Deal blogger
Getting a last-minute room in Las Vegas is about to get easier. HotelTonight , the free mobile app that lists same-day hotel discounts in a dozen cities, plans to expand to Sin City starting at noon Thursday. Here's how it works: At noon local time each day, HotelTonight lists three hotels at different levels of comfort (such as elegant or basic) in each destination that can be booked until 2 a.m. If rooms sell out at one location, HotelTonight adds a different hotel to the listings.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Google's just-released Google+ iPad app is slick but could use a bit more tweaking before you make it a regular hangout.  At first glance, the user interface is well laid out and visually satisfying. Large photos display beautifully and boldly. Posts appear as large, photo-centric tiles that are easy to read and access, and the animation makes it appear that tiles are just floating into place. Unlike the iPhone app's black background, the one on the main page of the iPad app is a light whitish-gray.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Classic rock fans have an opportunity for a little more satisfaction with the new Rolling Stones Official App that is available for download free from iTunes starting Tuesday and initially exclusively for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. “We wanted to do something a bit special and innovative,” singer Mick Jagger said in statement. “An app that really connects with the user, lots of exclusive content, integration with social networks, and the ability to make a song request for the upcoming shows.” The content Jagger referred to includes previously unreleased interview footage and performances shot during preparation for upcoming Rolling Stones Live: 50 & Counting tour dates in London, Brooklyn and Newark, N.J. Users also will be able to vote for songs the band will play on the tour.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
MTV may not play a lot of music on its network anymore, buy it is bringing music to your smartphone. After success with an app that curated content from its roster of shows, the network has rolled out an app that will connect users with musicians -- and help them discover new acts.   On Thursday, the network debuted MTV Artists, a new app exclusive to the iPhone, that offers everything from artist discovery to retro archives to bio info from well-known acts to curating exclusive content from artists.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Flipboard, the popular social magazine, launched a version of its Android app Thursday that's optimized for large-screen tablets, including the Google Nexus 10. The app, which originally launched for the iPad in 2010, connects to users' social networks to draw in content and then present it in magazine form. The old Flipboard app for Android devices worked with tablets but was essentially an enlarged version of the app designed for smartphones. QUIZ: What set the Internet on fire in 2012?
HEALTH
September 1, 2012
Each year the arrival of fall brings with it the urge to start over and get our house and routine in order. No one wants to be the one who is perpetually scrambling to come up with a healthy dinner, find a clean outfit, track down our belongings or line up childcare for those forgotten school holidays. However, many of our best efforts at organization fail because there's not a good backup system. Here are five apps that can help you meet your goals. Astrid (Free for Android and iPhone)
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