Pavel Durov will be giving away one million dollars to bot developers in the form of grants starting at $25,000 each. All you need to do to be considered is create an impressive bot using Telegram's Bot API. Telegram says there is no catch either and so it is a grant.
WeSlack (not its real name, but it does have a nice ring to it) is free, is only available in Chinese via apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and OS X. But using the program isn’t quite as simple as just downloading and logging in.
Hot on the heels of their Telegram bot, Techcrunch has launched a bot on Facebook Messenger as well.
The response to some of the bots launched by Facebook launched last week has been a little underwhelming. Facebook is eager to help Messenger users buy products on the chat app, but the path to seamless purchases on mobile phones is full of pitfalls. New Messenger tools must make finding and paying for goods easier within the app in order to convince businesses to get on the platform.
In the backdrop of two major developer events that focused on bots (Microsoft and Facebook), Jan Dawson cuts through some of the hype to examine how bots are useful and when they are not that useful.