Goodnews: Facebook to Launch Video-Chat App, Slingshot



Good thing is about to drop for users of popular social network, Facebook, as the company is working on its own video-chat app after failing to purchase mobile messaging startup Snapchat. The social-networking site has been working on a new app, which it has called Slingshot, for “several months” now. The app would allow users to send short video messages just by using a touch-screen, according to the report, citing “people familiar with its plans.”

Slingshot could launch as early as sometime this month, though Facebook may ultimately decide not to proceed with the launch of the app at all, according to one source.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been “overseeing” the secret project after the company wasn’t able to purchase Snapchat from creators Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy for a proposed deal worth $3 billion.
Snapchat, which allows users to send smartphone pictures that automatically disappear after a predetermined time, is popular among teenagers and is easily one of the most downloaded apps currently available.



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