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WhatsApp toughens encryption after Apple-FBI row

WASHINGTON: The popular messaging service WhatsApp said it had implemented “full end-to-end encryption,” a move which steps up privacy but may lead to conflicts with law enforcement agencies. The Facebook-owned mobile application with one billion users worldwide made the announcement following weeks of intense debate over efforts by US authorities to compel Apple to help…

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April 6, 2016


Facebook-owned WhatsApp boasts a billion users

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook-owned smartphone messaging service WhatsApp has hit the billion-user mark, according to the leading social network’s chief and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. “One billion people now use WhatsApp,” Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page. “There are only a few services that connect more than a billion people.” Google’s free email service,…

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February 2, 2016


WhatsApp service restored in Brazil

SAO PAULO: 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. Brazilians had woken up shocked and cranky because of the order issued Wednesday night by a judge. That judge acted because the Facebook-owned service failed to…

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December 18, 2015


Bangladesh bans Facebook, chat apps for security reasons

DHAKA: Bangladesh authorities insisted Tuesday an almost week-long ban on Facebook and mobile messaging services would remain until security in the tense country improved. The government last Wednesday ordered Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber blocked over fears of unrest after the country’s highest court rejected appeals by two top opposition leaders against the death penalty for…

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November 24, 2015


Run Android Marshmallow and Translate Text Directly in-app

  Here comes a good news for Android Marshmallow 6.0 app users as they are now safe from the hassle of typing text for translation because of another advancement. They can directly translate text without swapping between apps. The procedure for downloading the app is nothing but extremely simple which includes downloading Translate app firstly…

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October 8, 2015


WhatsApp bug opened door to hacking

SAN FRANCISCO: WhatsApp recently patched a flaw that left 200 million users vulnerable to being hacked using booby-trapped digital cards for contact details, according to a US computer security firm. Facebook-owned messaging application WhatsApp boasts more than 900 million users, some 200 million of them who access the service on computer browser software that mirrors…

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September 9, 2015


Yahoo unveils silent video chat app

NEW YORK: Yahoo on Wednesday unveiled a new mobile application allowing users to exchange live video, text and emoticons, without audio. “We wanted to find that new and expressive way of communicating,” Yahoo senior vice president Adam Cahan said at a New York media event for the app called Livetext. Cahan said the Yahoo team…

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July 29, 2015


WhatsApp messages get end-to-end encryption

SAN FRANCISCO: An online privacy tool endorsed by Edward Snowden is being used to protect WhatsApp messages from snooping by encrypting them as they travel the Internet. Open Whisper Systems on Tuesday announced a partnership with Facebook-owned WhatsApp to useTextSecure protocol to essentially scramble messages in transit, hiding whatever is inside from prying eyes. “WhatsApp…

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November 18, 2014


Facebook closes big-ticket buy of WhatsApp

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Monday completed its buy of mobile messaging application WhatsApp, with the mostly stock deal tallying nearly $22 billion. The acquisition was given the colossal price tag of $19 billion when the deal was struck in February, but a rise in Facebook shares has pushed the value even higher. “We are looking…

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October 6, 2014


Elite security posse fostered founders of WhatsApp, Napster

SAN FRANCISCO: A few days after selling WhatsApp to Facebook for $19 billion, Jan Koum stepped into a suite at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco to celebrate with old friends, including CEOs, reformed hackers and a few people who fell into both those camps. Conducted over snacks and beer, the late-night festivity was…

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March 9, 2014


Network router caused WhatsApp's 'biggest' outage

NEW YORK: WhatsApp founder Jan Koum on Sunday issued an apology and blamed a network router for Saturday's outage of the mobile messaging app.”We are sorry about the downtime,” wrote Koum. “It has been our longest and biggest outage in years. It was caused by a network router fault which cascaded into our servers.””We worked…

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February 23, 2014


Wall Street sees sense in Facebook's $19 bln WhatsApp buy

BANGLORE: Facebook Inc's purchase of fast-growing messaging startup WhatsApp for an eye-popping $19 billion largely won approval from analysts, who said the deal made strategic sense as it will solidify the social network's position as a leader in mobile.Facebook shares closed up 2.3 percent at $69.63 after falling as much as 3 percent in early…

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February 22, 2014


In Asia, WhatsApp posts mixed message for Facebook

SINGAPORE: WhatsApp may be hugely popular but its forays into Asia, the world's biggest mobile market, have had mixed success, raising questions about whether it can sustain the explosive growth Facebook Inc cited to justify its $19 billion price tag.Data from app metric company App Annie, for example, shows that WhatsApp ranks as the top…

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February 21, 2014


Facebook to buy WhatsApp for 19 bln dollars in deal shocker

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc will buy fast-growing mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock in a landmark deal that places the world's largest social network closer to the heart of mobile communications and may bring younger users into the fold.The transaction involves $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in stock and $3…

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February 20, 2014


No decision yet to ban Skype, Viber, Tango, WhatsApp in Sindh: Nisar

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chauhdry Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday that no final decision has so far been made to impose a temporary ban on instant messaging and internet telephony services like Skype, Viber, Tango, and WhatsApp in Sindh province, SAMAA reports.Khan rejected reports of an immediate ban on Skype, Viber and other…

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October 3, 2013


Government mulls ban on Skype, Tango, Viber, WhatsApp for 3 months: Memon

Staff ReportKARACHI: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said on Thursday that the government is mulling over a ban on Skype, Tango, Viber and WhatsApp services for three months as criminals and terrorists are using these services for carrying out unlawful activities, SAMAA reports.During a media briefing, Memon said that targeted operation in Karachi is not…

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October 3, 2013


Saudi Arabia plans to block WhatsApp within weeks

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia plans to block Internet-based communication tool WhatsApp within weeks if the US-based firm fails to comply with requirements set by the kingdom's telecom regulator, local newspapers reported this week.This month the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) banned Viber, another such tool, which like WhatsApp is hard for the state to monitor…

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June 17, 2013

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