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Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion monthly users

Facebook's news power and new responsibilities

A billion users isn't cool. You know what's cool? Having four different products with a billion users each.

Facebook (FB, Tech30) Messenger is now used by more than one billion people a month, the company announced Wednesday. That's up from 700 million users as of last June -- meaning the app has added the equivalent of Twitter's entire user base in a little more than a year.

Messenger is at least the fourth Facebook service to reach that milestone, joining WhatsApp, Groups and Facebook proper.

While services like Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) struggle to...