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Signal users report encryption errors; Company claims chat security unaffected

18 Jan 2021

Signal users report encryption errors; Company claims chat security unaffected

Signal, the privacy-centric messaging service, spent long hours battling a global outage last weekend. The disruption is reported to have been caused by a high influx of new users.

Signal's user count surges after Musk recommends it over WhatsApp

08 Jan 2021

Signal's user count surges after Musk recommends it over WhatsApp

Signal, the privacy-centric messaging service, took to Twitter to thank new users for their support. It also took the opportunity to apologize for delays in delivery of verification codes preventing registration for many new users.

Elon Musk says Facebook is 'lame' and should be deleted

11 Feb 2020

Elon Musk says Facebook is 'lame' and should be deleted

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has never been a fan of Facebook or its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook taking U-turn, drops plan to show WhatsApp ads: Report

17 Jan 2020

Facebook taking U-turn, drops plan to show WhatsApp ads: Report

For more than a year, we have been hearing about Facebook's highly ambitious plan to monetize WhatsApp by showing ads.

WhatsApp co-founder builds $80mn property in America's richest town

14 Jun 2019

WhatsApp co-founder builds $80mn property in America's richest town

If you become a billionaire overnight, how would you spend that truckload of money?

MacKenzie Bezos to donate half her $35bn fortune to charity

29 May 2019

MacKenzie Bezos to donate half her $35bn fortune to charity

MacKenzie Bezos (48), the ex-wife of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos (55), has become the newest billionaire to sign The Giving Pledge - a philanthropy group of the world's wealthiest people.

This is how WhatsApp will make money, starting 2020

24 May 2019

This is how WhatsApp will make money, starting 2020

WhatsApp, the largest messaging service in the world, will serve advertisements as part of an effort to generate revenues.

#ThatWas2018: Facebook and its catastrophic run, scandals, and data leaks

31 Dec 2018

#ThatWas2018: Facebook and its catastrophic run, scandals, and data leaks

12 months ago, Facebook made a promise of fixing issues that marred its reputation and affected its community throughout 2017.

Another high-profile exit of WhatsApp: Chief Business Officer Neeraj quits

27 Nov 2018

Another high-profile exit of WhatsApp: Chief Business Officer Neeraj quits

In what is sure to hurt WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook, Neeraj Arora, the Chief Business Officer of the messaging app, announced on Monday that he will leave the company.

You'll soon start seeing ads on WhatsApp: Details here

01 Nov 2018

You'll soon start seeing ads on WhatsApp: Details here

In what might come as a disappointment to many WhatsApp users, as well as WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, the messaging platform is getting ready to serve advertisements to users around the world.

This is how WhatsApp will start monetizing

04 Oct 2018

This is how WhatsApp will start monetizing

WhatsApp, the biggest messaging service in the world, is planning to roll out targeted Ads in its status feature as part of its monetization efforts.

WhatsApp is working on bringing ads to its iOS app

29 Sep 2018

WhatsApp is working on bringing ads to its iOS app

According to reliable leaker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is already working to implement ads on its iOS app.

WhatsApp co-founder left $850mn for his morals: Here's why

27 Sep 2018

WhatsApp co-founder left $850mn for his morals: Here's why

Since WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton quit Facebook a year ago and then went on to bite the hand that fed him, tweeting, "It is time. #deletefacebook", many questions had remained unanswered.

Instagram co-founders resign, marking another high-profile exit from Facebook

25 Sep 2018

Instagram co-founders resign, marking another high-profile exit from Facebook

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of photo and video sharing network Instagram, have decided to quit.

Internet.org VP Chris Daniels to replace WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum

13 May 2018

Internet.org VP Chris Daniels to replace WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum

Facebook has announced that Chris Daniels, who is the VP of the company's Internet.org initiative, will replace WhatsApp CEO and co-founder Jan Koum.

Neeraj Arora could be the new CEO of WhatsApp

04 May 2018

Neeraj Arora could be the new CEO of WhatsApp

After WhatsApp CEO and co-founder Jan Koum confirmed that he is quitting the company, reports have surfaced that the popular chat app's next potential CEO could be Neeraj Arora, who's the head of "All Things Business" at the company.

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum quits over privacy clashes with Facebook

01 May 2018

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum quits over privacy clashes with Facebook

WhatsApp CEO and co-founder Jan Koum has confirmed that he is leaving the company.

Bad news: #DeleteFacebook still won't get you off Facebook's radar

27 Apr 2018

Bad news: #DeleteFacebook still won't get you off Facebook's radar

The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal highlighted how data of 87 million users was exploited due to Facebook's lax policies regarding data collection by third-party apps.

#DeleteFacebook: Mozilla, Sonos join the bandwagon

25 Mar 2018

#DeleteFacebook: Mozilla, Sonos join the bandwagon

Mozilla has announced to temporarily distance itself from Facebook.

#DeleteFacebook: Elon Musk deletes Facebook pages of Tesla, SpaceX

24 Mar 2018

#DeleteFacebook: Elon Musk deletes Facebook pages of Tesla, SpaceX

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has deleted both the companies' Facebook accounts after he responded to WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton's tweet urging people to support the #deletefacebook movement.

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton wants everyone to delete Facebook

21 Mar 2018

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton wants everyone to delete Facebook

In 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion, which increased the net worth of one of the co-founders of the chat app, Brian Acton, to $6.5 billion.

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton invests $50mn in messaging app Signal

22 Feb 2018

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton invests $50mn in messaging app Signal

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has invested $50 million in encrypted instant messaging app Signal.

How can WhatsApp generate revenue for Facebook?

11 Nov 2017

How can WhatsApp generate revenue for Facebook?

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has one of the world's largest user-bases with over 1.3 billion users.

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to leave company

13 Sep 2017

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to leave company

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton took to Facebook to announce he is leaving the company.

WhatsApp UPI payments feature may finally be ready

11 Aug 2017

WhatsApp UPI payments feature may finally be ready

WhatsApp is finally gearing up for its next big step. With Paytm planning on bringing its messaging service soon, it has now decided to integrate UPI-based mobile payments system into its platform.

Is Facebook's WhatsApp taking a step towards monetization?

24 Jul 2017

Is Facebook's WhatsApp taking a step towards monetization?

Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp doesn't make any money as of now.

Soon, iOS users can watch YouTube videos directly on WhatsApp!

18 Jul 2017

Soon, iOS users can watch YouTube videos directly on WhatsApp!

iOS users will soon be able to play YouTube videos directly on WhatsApp, according to WABetaInfo, which claims the feature is under development.

Latest WhatsApp update: Share almost any kind of file

14 Jul 2017

Latest WhatsApp update: Share almost any kind of file

The latest update of WhatsApp makes sharing of files easier. Large documents can now be shared; the update limits the file size sharing up to 100MB.

WhatsApp to bring payments on its platform?

23 Jun 2017

WhatsApp to bring payments on its platform?

WhatsApp users might soon be able to transfer money via UPI on the platform. The Facebook-owned messaging app is already in talks with SBI, NPCI and other financial institutions to "devise ways to integrate their systems" for the same.

Soon, 'recall' your messages on WhatsApp!

20 Jun 2017

Soon, 'recall' your messages on WhatsApp!

How many times have you sent a message to a boss/ex/relative on WhatsApp, only to regret it the very next second?

WhatsApp prepping for digital payments segment entry in India

04 Apr 2017

WhatsApp prepping for digital payments segment entry in India

According to FactorDaily, WhatsApp is prepping up to launch peer to peer payments in India.

WhatsApp's encryption veils terrorists?

04 Apr 2017

WhatsApp's encryption veils terrorists?

The Government of UK is creating pressure on WhatsApp for access to encrypted communications after the Westminister attack.

WhatsApp may soon enter digital payments- CoFounder

25 Feb 2017

WhatsApp may soon enter digital payments- CoFounder

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has indicated that the popular messaging app may soon venture into digital payments space.