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Facebook Kills Off Apps Poke and Camera

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    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (L) jokes with comedian Andy Samberg during a keynote address during the Facebook f8 conference.

    Facebook decided to whittle down its offerings by retiring the enduring Facebook Poke and its Facebook Camera apps, likely because with the recent acquisitions of Whatsapp and Instagram, both seem a bit antiquated.

    While both are gone form Apple's App Store there's still a landing page for Facebook Camera, according to PCMag. Now that Facebook has the much more popular and $1 billion Instagram it bought in 2012, it's basically a placeholder.

    Facebook Poke was relaunched to battle Snapchat, but it's unlikely that the self-deleting messages became anything resembling a threat -- if it were than Facebook wouldn't have paid the $19 billion pricetag for Whatsapp's messaging app. Secondly, it's likely that people equated it with the initial digital pointed finger that was one of the first apps on Facebook  -- which is consider kitschy, and not in the hipster ironic way.