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Facebook brings Uber rides to Messenger

  • Facebook
    is testing a service that will allow users of its Messenger app to hail Uber
    rides directly from the app, without leaving a conversation or downloading the
    ride-hailing app,
    Reuters reported.
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  • Uber
    • Facebook
      is testing a service that will allow users of its Messenger app to hail Uber
      rides directly from the app, without leaving a conversation or downloading the
      ride-hailing app,
      Reuters reported.
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    • Uber
      is the first partner for the Transportation on Messenger service, which will be
      available to select users in locations where Uber operates in the United States,
      Facebook said in a blog post.
    •  
    • Uber
      on Messenger will start rolling out in the United States on Wednesday, Uber
      said in a blog post.
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    • Lyft,
      a rival ride-hailing service provider, will be added to Transportation on
      Messenger in January, sources close to Lyft told
      Reuters. Users can hail a ride in the latest version of Messenger
      by choosing “transportation” from a menu or by tapping on a car icon
      within a chat.
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    • “Facebook
      is looking at this as a way to make Messenger more attractive,” Thilo
      Koslowski, vice president and automotive practise leader of Gartner said.
    •  
    • He
      said the service provides a “huge market place” for Uber.
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    • Facebook
      has been aggressively working to boost the appeal of its messenger service,
      including making it mandatory last year for users to install a separate app to
      send and receive messages.
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    • Since
      then, Facebook has beefed up the app’s features by allowing users to send and
      receive money through Messenger.
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    • Still,
      the internet giant is playing catch up with Chinese internet company Tencent
      Holdings Ltd’s messaging app WeChat, which has offered similar services much
      earlier.
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