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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How Rich Are WhatsApp's Founders

Facebook employees tell us how they really feel about WhatsApp

By on February 24, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Facebook employees tell us how they really feel about WhatsApp

When Facebook bought WhatsApp last week, only a few executives besides CEO Mark Zuckerberg were aware of the deal, which is similar to what happened when Facebook bought Instagram. So when regular Facebook employees heard about the deal it came as quite the shock. More →

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WhatsApp Facebook Merger Backlash

WhatsApp backlash drives 5 million users to a Russian rival app… in one day

By on February 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM.

WhatsApp backlash drives 5 million users to a Russian rival app… in one day

Telegram Messenger is the blockbuster app of the moment as backlash against the Facebook-WhatsApp merger gathers steam. Anti-WhatsApp sentiment has helped the obscure Russian app to become a top 5 iPhone download in 64 countries as WhatsApp slips. In the classic messaging app bellwether market of Spain, WhatsApp has dropped to No. 20 on the iPhone download chart as Telegram has soared to No. 1. More →

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WhatsApp Voice Calling Announcement

WhatsApp reveals the next part of its plan to conquer the world

By on February 24, 2014 at 8:32 AM.

WhatsApp reveals the next part of its plan to conquer the world

Mobile messaging app WhatsApp has already stuck a dagger in many carriers’ SMS revenues and now it looks to repeat the same trick for their voice calling revenues as well. Barron’s writes that WhatsApp cofounder Jan Koum told Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week that WhatsApp plans to roll out a voice calling feature sometime in the second quarter of 2014, which would pit the app not only against mobile carriers for messaging services but also against IP-based calling services such as Skype, BBM and Line. More →

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Phone carriers lost $33 billion

How Verizon, AT&T blew their chance to be WhatsApp

By on February 21, 2014 at 5:35 PM.

How Verizon, AT&T blew their chance to be WhatsApp

Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp does a good job of showing just how much the wireless carriers failed to capitalize on messaging. It was their game to lose, with SMS built in as the default messaging client on just about every phone. If they had drastically lowered their prices, they could be where WhatsApp is today. Instead, a new report from Ovum Ltd. shows just how much carriers are losing each year to alternative messaging clients. More →

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Google WhatsApp Merger Proposal

WhatsApp could have sold for even more than $19 billion

By on February 20, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

WhatsApp could have sold for even more than $19 billion

Facebook stunned the tech world this week when it announced that it was paying $16 billion up front along with $3 billion in vested payments to buy WhatsApp, the incredibly popular messaging app that has 450 million users. We’d already read reports suggesting that Google was willing to pay up to $10 billion for WhatsApp but now The Information’s Amir Efrati and Jessica Lessin report that Google was actually willing to beat Facebook’s offer for the company, meaning that WhatsApp could have potentially been worth even more than the $19 billion that Facebook is shelling out to buy it. More →

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