Facebook supports Uber

Uber

Uber has agreed an alliance with Facebook Messenger that will allow users to order a ride from within the Messenger chat app, in a coup for the disruptive ride hailing company. The tie-up gives Uber access to millions of potential new users and marks the first time that Messenger — for which Facebook has ambitions ranging from retail to concierge services — has ventured into transport… Uber has been working on extending the reach of its transportation service beyond its standalone app, and map apps from Google and Baidu, which is an investor in Uber, already have links that will steer a user to the Uber app… The deal will also help differentiate Messenger in a crowd of chat apps, including Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which focuses on being a fast and simple text replacement service.

 

Leslie Hook and Hannah Kuchler

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