Casey Newton delves into the history of bots and makes a compelling argument for how the "golden age of apps is coming to a close". The piece also examines the bot landscape as it stands today in 2016 with peeks into Howdy, Operator, Magic and more.
Josh Constine has the inside scoop on a secret "Chat SDK" provided by Facebook that will power the next wave of messenger bots. It'll be interesting to see how the SDK compares to Slack's Realtime API and whether this will also integrate with Facebook @ Work, making it a direct competitor to Slack (and the Slack platform).
Alistair Barr reports that Google is planning its own messaging app to rival Facebook with Google veteran Nick Fox leading a team which is working on the new service.