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Facebook's Messenger hits 1 billion users, after two years as standalone app

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A man poses with a magnifier in front of a Facebook logo on display in this illustration taken in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Messenger has more than 1 billion users, the social media company said on Wednesday, making it one the world's top three apps just two years after it was split off from Facebook's main app, which is by far and away the most popular.

Facebook now owns three apps with more than 1 billion users, underlining its global dominance in the mobile app arena, where it uses its vast user base to make money from...