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Facebook to monetize WhatsApp by charging businesses

Facebook is planning to start monetising WhatsApp, the messaging app used by over one billion people every day. The company intends to expand its service to include communication with businesses, echoing Facebook's own Messenger product.

WhatsApp faces worldwide outage due to an 'issue'

WhatsApp suffered a major outage for several hours yesterday evening. The app, used by 1.2 billion worldwide, stopped sending and receiving messages. It came as the company announced its Snapchat clone Status has seen strong growth since its launch.

WhatsApp Status is Facebook's latest attempt to become Snapchat

WhatsApp has launched a major new feature that lets you share disappearing photos with your friends and family. Clearly designed to take on rival Snapchat, Status is unique among implementations of the "Stories" concept as it uses full message encryption.

WhatsApp to let you 'revoke' messages you just sent

WhatsApp is testing a new feature that lets you "unsend" messages in a conversation. The app's upcoming "revoke" button will allow you to delete messages from your contact's phone, assuming they haven't already seen its contents.

WhatsApp denies existence of deliberate security backdoor

A backdoor has been found in encrypted messaging platform WhatsApp, according to a report today. Privacy campaigners have described the hole as "a huge threat to freedom of speech" but WhatsApp has denied there are security concerns.

WhatsApp now lets you stream videos without downloading them

Messaging platform WhatsApp has begun to rollout a new feature that makes it easier to watch videos from within its app. Clips no longer have to be downloaded before they are viewed so you can start streaming a video within a few seconds of tapping play.

WhatsApp suspends giving Facebook European user data

San Francisco - WhatsApp has temporarily suspended giving parent company Facebook information about users in Europe for ad targeting, responding to concerns there over privacy, a source close to the matter said.

WhatsApp launches video calling

WhatsApp has announced that video calling is rolling out to all its supported apps today. The feature is one of the most popular user requests for the messaging app. WhatsApp's service is now used by over one billion people worldwide.

WhatsApp breaks its promise, starts sharing data with Facebook

WhatsApp is facing a huge backlash after breaking a promise it made two years ago. When it was bought by Facebook, it pledged not to share user data with its new parent. Now, it's reversed that policy and will soon share data to power ads.

WhatsApp doesn't delete your conversations when you tell it to

A prominent iOS security researcher has discovered WhatsApp retains traces of your conversations even after you delete them in the app. Remnants of the messages remain on your phone, creating a "treasure trove" of data that could restore conversations.

Brazil fines Facebook $11.6 mn over WhatsApp standoff

Rio De Janeiro - A judge in Brazil slapped an $11.6 million fine on the local Facebook branch over the company's refusal to surrender data from its WhatsApp messenger program to a police investigation.

Brazil Supreme Court lifts WhatsApp blockage: court 

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a lower court order blocking popular smartphone message service WhatsApp for refusing to hand data over to police.

WhatsApp voice calls prove wildly successful, 100m made each day

The hugely successful smartphone messaging service WhatsApp has announced over 100 million voice calls are made over its network every day. The company has over 1 billion monthly active users and is reportedly gearing up to launch another major update.

WhatsApp now sends every message so securely it can't read them

WhatsApp has launched a new desktop app for Windows and Mac OS X PCs. It adds another platform to the growing list of devices that the popular communication service supports, letting you send messages from wherever you are while on the go.

Brazil to end WhatsApp smartphone app blockage: Company

S - A Brazilian court will soon reverse a ruling that blocked smartphone message service WhatsApp for 24 hours, the company said Tuesday.

Court order shuts down WhatsApp in Brazil, again

S - Irate Brazilians found themselves without the popular WhatsApp smartphone messaging application for the second time in six months Monday, after a court blocked the service for 72 hours.

WhatsApp messages now so secure, WhatsApp can't even read them

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service with over 1 billion users, announced on Tuesday that every message sent using the service will be protected in a way that even WhatsApp would not be able to read it if it wanted to.

BlackBerry slams Facebook for discontinuing mobile app

Facebook is discontinuing its mobile app for BlackBerry users, taking many of the strong Facebook integration features of the BlackBerry 10 software with it. The move puts another nail in the coffin for BlackBerry's proprietary OS as it moves to Android.

World's leading tech companies plotting to strengthen encryption

As Apple fights the FBI over an order to decrypt its own software, some of the world's largest technology firms are planning to increase the encryption applied to user data, according to a report today. The move will antagonize law enforcement worldwide.

Brazil judge orders release of Facebook executive

S - A Brazilian judge ordered the release Wednesday of Facebook's vice president for Latin America, a day after he was arrested for refusing to hand over WhatsApp messages to the police investigating a drugs case.

WhatsApp announces plans to withdraw its app from BlackBerry

Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has announced it will be discontinuing support for several aging phone platforms. Notably, the app will no longer support all BlackBerry devices, including recent BlackBerry 10 ones.

WhatsApp used by one billion people worldwide

Popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp has announced that one billion people are now active on its network, making it one of the largest services online. WhatsApp has been experiencing explosive growth over the past few years.

One in seven people now use WhatsApp

WhatsApp, Facebook’s immensely popular messenger app, now has over one billion users, having raced ahead of Facebook Messenger, which has 800 active monthly users.

Hidden settings reveal WhatsApp will share data with Facebook

Hidden menus in a recent beta version of the popular instant messaging app WhatsApp have indicated the company is preparing to start sharing the details of its users with parent company Facebook. Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014.

WhatsApp now free as $1 annual subscription charge ends

Facebook-owned WhatsApp, the data-based messaging app used by almost a billion people worldwide, has announced it is dropping its $1 annual subscription fee and turning itself into a completely free service. It has pledged not to turn to adverts instead.

WhatsApp service restored in Brazil after 12-hour block

S - The popular WhatsApp smartphone messaging application came back to life Thursday in Brazil as a court threw out a two-day suspension that had infuriated millions of users.

WhatsApp accessed a user's contacts 23,000 times in one week

Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has been caught accessing one user's contacts list over 23,000 times in one week. It remains unclear why the app made so many requests as it looked at the list over 3,300 times a day.

Man uses WhatsApp to divorce wife after 10 days

Kerala - A 21-year-old woman was divorced by her husband after 10 days of marriage. She was informed of his decision via WhatsApp, a mobile messaging app. The message was a triple talaq, a Muslim ritual, translated as "I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you."

Top messaging apps market-by-market

WhatsApp is prevalent in South Africa. WeChat is widely popular in China. Snapchat’s biggest market is Ireland. A new report has determined the top three messaging apps – WhatsApp, WeChat and Snapchat – in various markets around the world.

Man from Dubai faces fine for using bad language on WhatsApp

Under a new law, a man in the United Arab Emirates could be fined more than $60,000 for swearing at a colleague on WhatsApp.
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