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Facebook Launches Messenger Lite for Markets With Poor Connection Speeds

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Facebook is bringing Messenger to areas with poor internet connections with its introduction of Android application Messenger Lite.

Much like Facebook Lite, Messenger Lite is a “slimmed-down” version of Messenger that gives users access to the app’s “core experiences”—messaging, sharing photos, sharing links and stickers.

Messenger Lite will initially be rolled out in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela, with more countries to be added “in the coming months.”

The app’s engineering manager, Tom Mulcahy, said in a Newsroom post:

Messenger Lite is a slimmed down version of Messenger that offers the core features of Messenger for markets with slower-than-average internet speeds and a prevalence of basic Android smartphones.

Messenger Lite is under 10 megabytes, so it’s fast to install and quick to start up.

Messenger Lite uses the same bolt logo as Messenger, but with colors reversed. The bolt is blue with a white chat bubble background.

Readers: What are your initial impressions of Messenger Lite?

Article courtesy of SocialTimes

Mobile classifieds startup Carousell makes first acquisition weeks after raising $35M

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Facebook Pages Getting Shop, Services Sections

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Facebook added two new sections to its pages: a shop section (in Southeast Asia and other high-growth and emerging markets) and a services section.

The social network said in an email to SocialTimes that the shop section is aimed at allowing businesses to prominently display the products they are selling, enabling users to discover, browse and message pages to purchase those products.

Facebook added that the top 10 countries where the shop section is used on pages are:

  1. Thailand
  2. Brazil
  3. Vietnam
  4. Indonesia
  5. Malaysia
  6. Mexico
  7. Philippines
  8. India
  9. Argentina
  10. Taiwan

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The services section is currently available to all professional services pages, with all pages getting access “in the coming weeks.”

Facebook said the services section allows businesses such as plumbing companies and spas to showcase the services they offer on their pages, enabling users to more easily fill their needs.

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Readers: What are your thoughts on the shop and services sections for Facebook pages?

Article courtesy of SocialTimes

Pitch@Palace Malaysia Demo Day recap

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Facebook Opens Malaysia Office

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Just days after opening its first office in the Philippines, Facebook did the same in Malaysia.

Facebook vice president, Asia-Pacific Dan Neary announced the opening of the new office in a Facebook post (embedded below), saying that the social network has 18 million monthly active users in the country, or 81 percent of its total Internet users. He wrote:

Malaysia is one of the leaders in digital adoption and innovation across Southeast Asia. Be it mobile penetration or time spent on smartphones, Malaysians are leading the charge in the region, and the country’s digital transformation has positively impacted both people and businesses.

There’s never been a more exciting time for Facebook and Malaysia. We look forward to more conversations with businesses in the coming days, and the opportunity to continue growing together.

Readers: Where will Facebook set up shop next?

Article courtesy of SocialTimes

Gobi Partners and MAVCAP launch a $14.5M seed fund for Southeast Asian startups

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Malaysia-based Nuren Group raises $2M for its wedding and parenting sites

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Malaysia-based RecomN, which helps customers find providers for important projects, raises $1M

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Alibaba-backed logistics firm Cainiao lands funding at a reported $7.7B valuation

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Automobile platform Carsome raises $2M to expand in Southeast Asia

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Carsome founders Eric Cheng and Teoh Jiun Ee

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