Mobile Minutes: Facebook Messenger; Bacteria-free BlackBerry; Facebook’s HBO premieres; Mobile designated drivers
Now you can use Facebook Messenger without Facebook
The company made an announcement Wednesday for those other folks — the Facebook holdouts who are probably tired of being pestered by their friends to give in and sign up already. Now they can talk to their friends on Facebook without having to open account, via Messenger.
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BlackBerry considers bacteria-free device for hospitals
BlackBerry Ltd. may design a bacteria-free smartphone as it bids to become the secure mobile choice for the health-care industry, Chief Executive Officer John Chen said.
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HBO offers premiere episodes of two series on Facebook
Television network HBO said it would offer the premiere episodes of two new comedy series on Facebook, underlining the growing popularity of the social networking site as a video platform.
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Tap your phone, and a designated driver takes you (and your car) home
Luxe, a fast-growing startup that uses a phone’s GPS to offer a personal parking valet in crowded cities, is expanding its service to driving customers home—in their own cars—when they’ve had a few too many drinks.
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