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Facebook Cancels its “Global Marketing Summit”, IBM Pulls Out of RSA Due To Coronavirus Concerns

According to a report in The San Francisco Chronicle, Facebook has cancelled the event scheduled from March 9-12 here. Over 5,000 participants were expected to attend the event

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"Facebook is committed to holding the event in San Francisco in the future," the company added. Pixabay

After the flagship Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona 2020 conference, Coronavirus has derailed Facebook’s Global Marketing Summit in San Francisco.

According to a report in The San Francisco Chronicle, Facebook has cancelled the event scheduled from March 9-12 here. Over 5,000 participants were expected to attend the event.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we cancelled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus,” a spokesperson was quoted as saying in the report on Friday. “Facebook is committed to holding the event in San Francisco in the future,” the company added.

IBM said it has cancelled its participation in the RSA cybersecurity conference here from February 24-28 due to concerns over China virus outbreak. “The health of IBMers is our primary concern as we continue to monitor upcoming events and travel relative to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)”, the company tweeted. The RSA, however, said it will continue with the event despite IBM pulling out.

On Thursday, the organiser of the world’s biggest phone show ‘Mobile World Congress’ 2020 cancelled the annual event in Barcelona in the wake of the Novel Coronavirus fears which saw several top exhibitors and tech companies pulling out of the event.

Other events postponed or cancelled include Chinese Grand Prix, the Black Hat information security conference’s Asia summit; London Metal Exchange’s annual Asian gathering in Hong Kong and Art Basel’s annual art fair in Hong Kong, among others.

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IBM said it has cancelled its participation in the RSA cybersecurity conference here from February 24-28 due to concerns over China virus outbreak. Wikimedia Commons

The novel coronavirus that originated in the Wuhan area of China in December 2019 has spread to over 25 countries, raising safety concerns and impacting businesses in many parts of the world.

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The virus has so far killed over 1,300 people and left several thousands infected. (IANS)

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Facebook Unveils Messenger App For MacOS, Windows

Moreover, you do not need to know someone's email or phone number since all your Facebook friends have Messenger

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Moreover, you do not need to know someone's email or phone number since all your Facebook friends have Messenger. VOA

Facebook on Thursday launched a Messenger app for MacOS and Windows so one can video chat on their desktop and stay connected with friends and family all over the world.

The advantage of having the Messenger app on desktop is that it allows one to make group video calls on a larger screen.

And what is more, the chats sync across mobile and desktop so you will never miss a call or a message no matter what device you are using.

“Over the past month, we saw more than a 100 per cent increase in people using their desktop browser for audio and video calling on Messenger,” Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook’s VP of Messenger, said in a blog post.

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Facebook on Thursday launched a Messenger app for MacOS and Windows so one can video chat on their desktop and stay connected with friends and family all over the world. Pixabay

Moreover, you do not need to know someone’s email or phone number since all your Facebook friends have Messenger.

“We hope the Messenger desktop app will make it a little bit easier for people to stay in touch with friends and loved ones during this time,” Chudnovsky said.

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The app can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store or Mac App Store. (IANS)