Facebook Privacy Policy Update

Facebook can now collect and share more of your data than ever before

By on February 2, 2015 at 4:55 PM.

Facebook can now collect and share more of your data than ever before

Facebook on Friday updated its privacy policy to include additional provisions that give the social network even more power over the user data it can collect for commercial purposes, The Register reports. More →

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WhatsApp Desktop Web App

The one WhatsApp feature you crave is finally here… with a huge caveat

By on January 22, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

The one WhatsApp feature you crave is finally here… with a huge caveat

WhatsApp, the instant messaging service Facebook paid lots of millions for not too long ago, is growing more and more popular with users across mobile operating systems, and the company has finally released the one feature some users have been anxiously waiting for. WhatsApp on Wednesday announced that it’ll finally let users continue their conversations on the desktop, launching a web version of the chat application. However, there’s also some bad news to go with this terrific announcement. More →

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WhatsApp vs. iMessage vs. FaceTime

Charlie Hebdo fallout: U.K. wants to ban WhatsApp, iMessage and other encrypted chat apps

By on January 13, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Charlie Hebdo fallout: U.K. wants to ban WhatsApp, iMessage and other encrypted chat apps

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, some governments are already planning to take preemptive action against similar future events, by coming up with additional security means that could also further infringe on the privacy of regular users. Such is the case in the U.K., The Independent reports, where Prime Minister David Cameron said he wants to ban securely encrypted communication services including WhatsApp, SnapChat, iMessage and FaceTime should he win the next elections. More →

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WhatsApp Voice Calling

Leak: Here’s what voice calling will look like when it’s finally added to WhatsApp

By on December 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM.

Leak: Here’s what voice calling will look like when it’s finally added to WhatsApp

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging solutions on the planet. It’s so popular, in fact, that Facebook recently paid $22 billion to acquire it. There’s no question that WhatsApp was a pioneer that amassed a gigantic user base by being among the first companies to do a good job of bringing BlackBerry Messenger’s functionality to a cross-platform app. But unfortunately, WhatsApp has not done a good job of keeping pace with newer offerings in terms of adding popular new features to its app.

We have known for quite some time that WhatsApp has plans to add a voice calling feature, which is something that has been included in other mobile messaging apps for quite some time. Now, however, a new leak will at least show us what voice calling is going to look like in WhatsApp once it finally arrives. More →

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Here’s one clever, evil way to forcefully delete a WhatsApp conversation on Android

By on December 3, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

Here’s one clever, evil way to forcefully delete a WhatsApp conversation on Android

WhatsApp users interested in removing content in a conversation they’re having over the popular messaging system can now do so by taking advantage of a vulnerability discovered in the Android version of the app. The Hacker News reports that two Indian teenage security researchers found the flaw, which lets anyone crash any conversation between Android devices, or remove certain users from a group chat. More →

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Read Receipts: How to Turn Off

How to stop your friends from seeing when you read their Facebook and WhatsApp messages

By on November 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

How to stop your friends from seeing when you read their Facebook and WhatsApp messages

Texting apps on smartphones are very popular with users, and third-party social apps with instant messaging features are gaining ground as well. But most of them also come with one annoying feature, at list for some people, that lets senders know the recipient has read the message. The “read receipts” feature can be turned off on most popular instant messaging apps, though not on all of them, with Facebook being one such example. More →

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Mobile Messaging Apps

Messaging mania has shocked tech leaders twice – in 1994 and again now

By on June 25, 2014 at 5:35 PM.

Messaging mania has shocked tech leaders twice – in 1994 and again now

One of the most unanticipated developments surrounding mobile phones is the fact that people don’t really want to use them to talk to each other. They want to use them to send messages. This phenomenon was so counterintuitive that it has now disrupted the entire tech industry twice — first in 1994 and later in 2012. It was messaging that turned Nokia into king of the mobile phone market in 1990s and then WhatsApp into one of the most successful startups in the history as Facebook was forced to pay $19 billion for a tiny company that was just five years old.

The astonishing popularity of text-messaging on phones has now blindsided two generations of tech leaders. It goes to show how difficult reading consumer behavior can be for even the most accomplished companies. More →

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Facebook WhatsApp Deal EU

Facebook’s WhatsApp deal hits a self-imposed snag

By on May 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Facebook’s WhatsApp deal hits a self-imposed snag

Back in February, Facebook announced it was buying WhatsApp for $19 billion. This was a surprising move, given WhatsApp’s reputation for ensuring privacy and Facebook’s not-so-great reputation for privacy, but the two companies insisted that WhatsApp would remain independent, ad-free, and committed to privacy.  More →

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WhatsApp Wireless Service Plans

Another massive threat emerges for wireless carriers: Facebook

By on April 9, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Another massive threat emerges for wireless carriers: Facebook

Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp has some interesting implications. Among them is the fact that Facebook is now starting to challenge mobile operators in major Western markets. German operator e-plus now offers a WhatsApp SIM card that gives users unlimited WhatsApp messaging combined with a mobile data and mobile voice calling package of 600MB and 600 minutes. The big news here is the price: 10 euros, or about $14 — and that is not a monthly charge; you can stretch it out as long as you can. More →

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WhatsApp Facebook Merger Data Privacy

WhatsApp cofounder: Facebook won’t turn us into Soviet-style spy tool

By on March 18, 2014 at 12:30 AM.

WhatsApp cofounder: Facebook won’t turn us into Soviet-style spy tool

We’re starting to get the feeling that WhatsApp really is getting some serious blowback from its user base after getting acquired by Facebook because its cofounder has come out with a lengthy statement once again reiterating that nothing will change in terms of user privacy once it’s under Facebook’s control. More →

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WhatsApp VoIP App Update Release Date

This is what WhatsApp’s VoIP feature may look like on iOS

By on March 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM.

This is what WhatsApp’s VoIP feature may look like on iOS

After confirming that WhatsApp will get a new VoIP calling feature, the company seems to be already working on adding the new functionality to its iOS app, iPhone Italia reveals by showing leaked images of the purported VoIP interface of the application. The publication also says it was able to test a beta version of the app. More →

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Facebook Android App Permissions

Facebook’s Android app wants to do strange things to your phone

By on March 6, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

Facebook’s Android app wants to do strange things to your phone

In a post on Geektime, My Permissions CEO Olivier Amar points us to the new permissions in the Facebook Android application that are a bit uncommon, and appear to be related to the $19 billion WhatsApp purchase. More →

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Facebook WhatsApp

Google exec bashes Facebook for $19 billion WhatsApp buy

By on March 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

Google exec bashes Facebook for $19 billion WhatsApp buy

Google wanted to acquire WhatsApp but it couldn’t get the deal done. Now, Google is apparently venting some frustrations that Facebook beat it to the punch. While speaking at the Morgan Stanley technology conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Google’s chief business officer Nikesh Arora voiced his opinion that the huge $19 billion sum Facebook is paying to acquire WhatsApp is exorbitant. More →

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