In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of and Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / KAREN BLEIER /FILES
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Facebook announced Thursday that the number of people using its Messenger application monthly has shot past 800 million, with more features on the way to win even more fans.Facebook also began testing on weaving its "M" digital virtual assistant into Messenger.Facebook last month announced an alliance with Uber that lets people in the United States summon cars from the ride-sharing service using the Messenger application.Plans for this year include doing more to enable businesses and services to connect with people using Messenger, according to Facebook.Facebook holds another messaging application, WhatsApp, which had more than 900 million users as of late last year.Marcus said that Messenger and WhatsApp operate "fairly independently".
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