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You may start seeing your WhatsApp contacts appearing in the "People You May Know" section on Facebook. Other data may also point to ad targeting on Facebook as well.
WhatsApp has always been free to use in the first year of service, but it said today that it's dropping its annual subscription fee for subsequent years, and has no plans to introduce third-party ads.
A phishing campaign has been discovered by the Comodo Group that is designed to mislead potential WhatsApp users into installing a trojan horse that can allow attackers to steal personal information.
While some of us are looking to wind down for the Christmas holidays, WhatsApp is currently testing video calling functionality, hopefully aiming to make it available in the next major release.
An independent researcher has uncovered a problem with the Android and browser versions of WhatsApp. An attacker can send around 4,000 smileys to their target which causes the victim's app to crash.
Today the world's most popular messenger service took a cue from its parent company, Facebook, and blocked links to its emerging rival Telegram in private conversations.
At TechCrunch Disrupt, CEO Pavel Durov touts the security of the cross-platform Telegram, while harshly criticizing WhatsApp, but also acknowledged the service was used by terrorists.
Mobile messaging application WhatsApp has hit an astounding 900 million active monthly users. Since Facebook's $22bn acquisition, it became the second Android app to hit 1 billion downloads.
The popular messaging application picks up a new set of features through its latest update, which include features that were formerly only available through the Android version.
After the service launched as a Chrome exclusive in January, Microsoft is now working to bring the web client for WhatsApp to Edge, it's new browser for Windows 10.
A controversial law proposed by the UK government to control communication over the internet could result in monitoring of popular messaging applications as well as log user activity.
'Messenger' has always required a Facebook account. Today, Facebook is lifting that requirement, allowing users in a handful of countries to use the service by signing up with a phone number.
Nearly a month since it was revealed that iPhone users would be the next to get voice calling, the feature has begun rolling out with the latest WhatsApp update along with a few other improvements.
A leaked report shows that the European Commission is looking to take into account supposed competition from VOIP services which are taking on traditional wireless carriers across the Union.
The latest update for the Android version of WhatsApp available from the Google Play Store is enabling the voice calling functionality for all users worldwide without an invite.
At the recently concluded F8 conference, WhatsApp's co-founder has revealed that the voice calling functionality which was recently rolled out to Android users will soon land on iPhones.
A Brazilian judge has ordered a nationwide temporary ban of WhatsApp following the company's refusal to help in an investigation related to child pornography. Despite the ban, it is working normally.
WhatsApp's rumoured voice calling service might just be around the corner as a few users have started getting the functionality in the app already, as part of a testing program.
WhatsApp is starting to clamp down on users accessing their service via third-party apps, with several users of the "WhatsApp Plus" client being temporarily banned.
A browser version of WhatsApp has finally arrived after months of speculation and can be accessed using the Chrome browser by users who have the latest app on their smartphones.
A close inspection of WhatsApp's Android APK has hinted at something called WhatsApp Web, sparking rumours of a browser version of the popular mobile messaging application.
Whatsapp is partnering with a startup to bring end to end encryption to its messaging service in hopes of bolstering both the security and the privacy of its users regardless of what device they use.
WhatsApp may make the newly added blue tick marks, used that indicate read messages, optional, as it is currently testing a disable toggle for the feature in its beta version on Android.
The most popular messenger service will remain free indefinitely for developing countries like India and users will be exempted from the $1 annual subscription fee.
According to a new report, Google is planning to launch its own mobile messaging client after its failed bid to acquire WhatsApp and losing market share to other messaging applications of late.
WhatsApp, the super popular messaging app, looks like it's expanding its feature list once again. There's very strong evidence that voice calling will soon be supported by the app.
Surpassing yet another major milestone, the WhatsApp CEO has just announced that the platform independent messaging app is now serving an astonishing six hundred million users.
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has revealed that WhatsApp has returned to the Windows Phone Store today, a full two weeks after it was pulled from the Store without warning, leaving many users rather angry.
An Iranian judge has ordered Mark Zuckerberg to appear in court to defend against alleged privacy violations related to WhatsApp and Instagram, referring to him as "the Zionist director of Facebook".
Joe Belfiore, the leader of the Windows Phone team at Microsoft, has posted word on his Twitter feed that they are working with WhatsApp to fix a notifications issue with Windows Phone 8.
The popular IM program WhatsApp has been removed from the Windows Phone Store without explanation - but the good news is that the app is still working for those with it already installed.
A new report claims Iran plans to ban the use of Whatsapp due to the fact that it was acquired by Facebook, which is owned by what the country claims is a "zionist" in Mark Zuckerberg.
Snapchat has silently acquired a video streaming startup called AddLive which the company might be using to power the recently introduced video chat capability in its messaging application.
WhatsApp has announced that their messaging service has now exceeded 500 million users active worldwide, and those same folks are sharing over 700 million photos and 100 million videos each day.
WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum has written a blog post defending the company's efforts to keep data from its users private in the wake of the messaging app's upcoming purchase by Facebook.
In a new interview, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says the company "would have been willing to buy" WhatsApp, but stopped short of saying it would have spent $19 billion, as Facebook eventually did.
Updated WhatsApp for Android has gone live in the Google Play Store with new privacy features which were requested by users and the ability to pay the subscription amount for friends.
Facebook has launched its fully-featured standalone Messenger app for Windows Phone 8 devices after nearly two years since its launch on the Android and iOS mobile platforms.
According to Sundar Pichai, senior VP at Google, the rumors surrounding Google's $10 billion bid for Whatsapp have been greatly exaggerated. The VP said Google had never actually made any bid.
Facebook has decided to retire the @facebook.com email service, which it had started for its one billion users, after merely three years of existence due to disappointing usage numbers.
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WhatsApp co-founder, Jan Koum, has revealed that the company is bringing voice calling capabilities to its Android and iOS apps in the near future with Windows Phone and BlackBerry to follow later.
It has emerged that WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton applied for a job at Facebook in 2009, and got rejected. More than five years later and his start-up application has fetched a whopping $19bn.
A new report based on information from industry sources has claimed that Google had offered $10 billion for WhatsApp before it turned towards Facebook for a deal valued at around $19 billion.
Facebook are to purchase WhatsApp, the globally popular messaging apps for $16 billion dollars, an SEC filing reveals. The impact Facebook will have on the cross platform service remains uncertain.
Windows Phone users rejoice as the popular messaging app, Whatsapp, has just received a rather important update which brings new settings, including orientation lock and customizable text size.