WhatsApp status has become another competitor to Snapchat Stories, allowing the use of pictures and videos to update users' statuses on the service. It follows the huge success of Instagram Stories.
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A new update to the beta version of WhatsApp for iOS enables users to update and recall unread messages sent to recipient devices. Also, it brings the ability to share real-time position.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has revealed that 63 billion messages be sent through through their services on New Year's Eve. This number includes 7.9 billion images as well as 2.4 billion videos.
Telegram 3.16 has arrived on the Play Store and App Store bringing with it the ability to unsend messages and better monitor your data usage within the app. Telegram links also got a lot shorter too.
Telegram has made a small tweak to its supported device list in its FAQ. From now on, Android users must be running version 4.0 or above to install Telegram. Previously it worked on Android 2.2+.
WhatsApp has ended support for devices running Windows Phone 7, Android 2.1/2.2 and iOS 6 but has given BlackBerry OS and BB10 some extra time before it ends support for those too.
The European Commission has accused Facebook of misleading authorities with the takeover of WhatsApp, due to its decision to share user data between the two companies, a practice since halted.
Earlier this year, WhatsApp announced that it would end support for multiple platforms by the end of this year - but it now says that it's extending its support for Nokia and BlackBerry devices.
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Bowing to pressure from privacy watchdogs across Europe, Facebook has suspended its controversial collection of data from WhatsApp users, after 28 European authorities sent an open letter to the CEO.
WhatsApp users will be able to use video calling on their favorite devices with the latest version of the app. The feature will roll out starting today to all users, on iOS, Android and Windows.
The UK's information commissioner has provided an update on the WhatsApp data sharing situation. The data transfer from WhatsApp to Facebook is currently on hold and the ICO wants more user control.
Virgin Media has finally got around to launching 4G mobile. Their deals start from £6 and work their way up to £25. Users will get nice perks including data rollover and free WhatsApp data.
WhatsApp's recent Terms of Service changes that would allow the messenger to share user data with Facebook, have come under the scanner in Italy and the company could be fined for it.
The Android version of WhatsApp just got updated with a number of new features, including support for drawing over pictures, front-facing flash and more. The features will come to iOS "soon".
The data protection commissioner for Hamburg, Germany, has ordered Facebook to delete any data it may have already transferred from WhatsApp. He also said users must give permission to share data.
FreedomPop has introduced an offer for UK customers which allows for the unlimited use of WhatsApp without eating into the 200 MB data limit. The SIM is £5 initially, but free from then on.
In the latest version of WhatsApp beta for Windows phones, there's an interesting change: recognition for GIF images. This seems to indicate that full support for animated images may soon arrive.
The Russian government wants to fine companies that don't decrypt their users' data when the authorities ask them to. Facebook Messenger, Telegram and WhatsApp are among those targeted.
UK phone carrier, Three, has announced that on June 13 the price for sending MMS messages will increase by more than double. Three suggests people use data messaging apps as a means to send an MMS.
A pre-release version of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp Messenger for Android was recently spotted with video calling UI elements and placeholders, suggesting that the feature might be coming soon.
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WhatsApp has announced the launch of its new desktop app for Mac and Windows PCs - but the Windows version isn't a Universal app for Windows 10; in fact, it's supported all the way back to Windows 8.
BlackBerry has expressed disappointment in Facebook for dropping support for BB OS and the BB10 platform with its latest APIs, which would effectively cripple the app on its devices.
The Xbox Store and Windows Store are on the way to convergence, HERE ditches Windows users, Twitter changes looks on mobile, and we rounded up several new and updated apps and games.
While encryption has been troubling the US government in its case against Apple recently, more tech companies are reportedly working on expanding it to more services that deal with user data.
This week saw several new UWP apps in the Windows Store, including Instagram (beta) and a web browser, lots of updated apps, and a few glimpses of what we can expect in the future.
WhatsApp on iOS and Android can now share PDF files, but other file formats don't appear to be supported yet. There's also an update for Windows phones, but it doesn't include this feature yet.
In an escalating battle with Brazilian authorities, a Facebook Latin American VP was arrested following WhatsApp's non-compliance with demands for user data as part of a criminal investigation.
An unofficial web wrapper app has been released which enables integration between WhatsApp Web and the native toast notification and Action Center functionality found in Windows 10.
In a bid to compete with app-based messengers, Google is helping a consortium of carriers implement Rich Communication Services (RCS) to succeed SMS, bringing read receipts to regular texting.
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Months after we were first promised WhatsApp Web support for Microsoft Edge, you can finally use the burgeoning chat platform on Microsoft's new browser.
Back in September, WhatsApp revealed that it had 900 million active users, and now - two weeks after dropping its annual $0.99 subscription fee - it's announced that it has over a billion users.
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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.