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Beluga messaging app shuts down December 15, encourages use of Facebook Messenger

News by Dan Seifert on Saturday October 29, 2011.

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Group messaging app Beluga announced yesterday that it would be shutting down its service on December 15. Beluga was purchased by Facebook earlier this year and provides the technology behind Facebook's own Messenger app for Android, iOS, and BlackBerry smartphones. It was only a matter of time before Beluga would ride off into the sunset, and it looks like that time has come.

The Beluga messaging service will actually stop functioning on November 11, but users will have until December 15 to download their archives of messages from Beluga's website. The messages will also be viewable in the app until December 15.

Of course, Beluga encourages users to try out the Facebook Messenger app if they haven't already, since it incorporates all of Beluga's features and will be supported for a long time to come. Facebook Messenger is free and is available in the Android Market, iTunes App Store, and BlackBerry App World now. [Beluga via Read Write Web]

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