WhatsApp's new 'status' feature goes live

WhatsApp's new 'status' feature goes live

New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 : WhatsApp's on Friday rolled out its new feature 'Status' live across Android, iOS and Windows software wherein the users can upload pictures and videos for their contacts to see, instead of regular text status message.

On the occasion of its eighth birthday today, WhatsApp made live its new OTA update where users can send photos, videos and GIFs through Status to share special moments throughout their day with friends and family.

The makers of this instant messaging service have released the main features of this update, as follows:

WhatsApp reportedly testing new voice-calling feature

WhatsAppWashington, Jan 3 : Some WhatsApp users are claiming that they have the option of a new voice-calling feature in their WhatsApp mobile applications, sparking speculations that the company is testing the new feature as it prepares to join the league of other messaging apps that already have the calling feature.

According to Tech Crunch, one user has shared screenshots and video of the voice-calling feature in action, which he said was activated when someone who already had the feature called him.

The user posted screenshots and video to Reddit as proof following which other users also started posting screenshots showing a new tab for Calls right next to the tabs for Chats and Contacts.

Whatsapp releases web client for Chrome, Android

WhatsappWashington, Jan 22 : Whatsapp will now make its way to users' desktop with the launch of a web client for Chrome and Android.

According to the Verge, WhatsApp confirmed earlier rumors, which pointed to a newly live page at web. whatsapp. com.

A company spokesman said that the primary use is still on one' phone, but there are people who spend time in front of a computer at home or at work and this will help bridge the two.

In order for the client to work, the phone will need to stay connected to the web.

Also, all user messages will still reside on the phone, the report added. (ANI)

David Cameron wants Whatsapp, Snapchat banned in Britain under new internet anti-terror laws

David CameronLondon, Jan 13 : Online messaging services like Whatsapp and Snapchat may face a ban in Britain as Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to introduce a slew of legislations that would deny terrorists a "safe space" to communicate online in the aftermath of a series of terror attacks in France.

The proposed legislation would provide a new legal framework that will authorize British intelligence agencies to crack the communications of terror suspects if there was specific intelligence of an imminent attack.

Cameron asked, "Are we going to allow a means of communications where it simply is not possible to do that?" He responded by saying: "no, we must not," reported The Guardian."

Whatsapp's latest update provides 'fool-proof' security to users' conversations

WhatsappWashington, Nov 19 : The most recent update to Whatsapp's Android app includes an end-to-end encryption that is enabled by default.

It is the strongest security offered by a texting app even when compared to similar tools offered by giants like Google, Apple and Microsoft.

Unlike messages encrypted by Gmail or Facebook chat, an "end-to-end" encryption would mean that even Whatsapp will not be able to decrypt the messages even when compelled by law enforcement, reported The Verge.

The company will set up the key exchange between users but only the two users will be have access to the conversation itself.

Whatsapp introduces new 'double blue tick' feature that lets users know when messages are read

London, Nov 07 - Mobile messaging service WhatsApp has reportedly come up with a new " double blue tick" feature that allows users to know when their texts have been delivered and read.

The blue tick appears as soon as the person at the receiving end has read the message.

According to Daily Express, one grey tick means a message has been successfully sent, two grey ticks show it has been delivered and a blue tick means the message has been read.

The app now also shows the exact time a text was sent. Users need to press and hold down on a particular post to know the accurate time the message was sent to them.

Mark Zuckerberg says 'clueless' on how to monetize WhatsApp

mark zuckerbergNew Delhi, Oct. 10 - Facebook Inc, which closed its acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Monday, has no near-term plan to make money from the service, said Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook now officially owns Whatsapp

facebook whatsappWashington, Oct 7 : Facebook recently announced the closing of the Whatsapp deal for a whopping 21.8 billion dollars, which means the social media website now officially owns Whatsapp.

The deal was announced for 19 billion dollars which was later increased to a 21.8 billion dollars.

As WhatsApp officially joins the Facebook fold, WhatsApp founder Jan Koum has joined Facebook's board. He will also be paid just $1 per year like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, according to filings, but has been given a very hefty purse of Facebook shares to hold on to.

Facebook extends closing of WhatsApp acquisition by a year

FacebookNew Delhi: Social networking giant Facebook has extended by a year the closing of its landmark USD 19 billion deal to acquire instant messaging app WhatsApp.

The California-based firm will have to pay WhatsApp USD 1 billion in cash and USD 1 billion in stock options in case it fails to close the deal in the stipulated time.

Facebook said the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the second half of 2014.

Facebook extends closing of WhatsApp acquisition by a year

facebook-whatsappNew Delhi: Social networking giant Facebook has extended by a year the closing of its landmark USD 19 billion deal to acquire instant messaging app WhatsApp.

The California-based firm will have to pay WhatsApp USD 1 billion in cash and USD 1 billion in stock options in case it fails to close the deal in the stipulated time.

Facebook said the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the second half of 2014.

Iranian court reportedly summoned Mark Zuckerberg for privacy breaches in Whatsapp, Instagram

Mark-ZuckerbergWashington, May 28 : A case against Whatsapp and Instagram is reportedly filed in an Iranian court for alleged privacy breaches.

Citizens complained about the two apps which led to the case.

According to The Verge, owner of both the apps, Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned to defend the claims and potentially pay for damages, though it's quite unlikely that he'll show.

However, Chief Prosecutor Ali Alghasimehr said that Zuckerberg has not been summoned, and that both Instagram and WhatsApp remain accessible within Iran. (ANI)

When WhatsApping becomes a secret!

Whats-AppNew York, April 11 : Don't want to let your friends know whether you have read their latest WhatsApp posting - especially ones who get angry soon?

Here is your guide to eliminate those timestamps.

If you are using an Apply iPhone, open the app and go to Settings  Chat settings  Advanced.

There, you can switch off the 'Last Seen Timestamp'.

On Android smart phones, switch off your phone’s wi-fi and cellular connection, or just put in airplane mode.

Next, open WhatsApp to read, compose and send messages.

Close the app and turn on your phone’s connectivity again.

WhatsApp CEO says won't compromise user privacy for Facebook

Jan-KoumWashington, March 18 : Following Facebook's Whatsapp acquisition, the messaging app company's CEO Jan Koum has reassured Whatsapp users that their privacy will not be compromised for the social network giant.

Koum wrote in his blog post that his hit messaging application will not bend to its soon-to-be overlords at Facebook.

According to Cnet, after the news of Facebook acquiring WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars broke out, Koum promised the app's 465 million monthly active users that nothing would change.

WhatsApp founders in Forbes' global billionaires list

WhatsApp founders in Forbes' global billionaires listNew York, March 4 : Following Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, the two founders of the popular mobile messaging service have now earned a new distinction - a place in the Forbes's list of global billionaires.

According to Forbes, 38-year-old Jan Koum, who ranks 202 in the list, is now worth $6.8 billion and 42-year-old Brian Acton (rank 551) is worth $3 billion.

Run by just 55 employees, WhatsApp has over 450 million active users.

Zuckerberg says WhatsApp 'actually worth more than $19bn'

WhatsAppWashington, Feb 25  : Facebook founder Mark Zucerberg reportedly said that he believes WhatsApp was actually worth more than the eye popping 19 billion dollar price he paid for the acquisition.

During a keynote event at the ongoing Mobile World Congress, Zuckerberg said that if they can do a good job with WhatsApp and grow it, it would be a huge business.

According to Tech Crunch, Zuckerberg further revealed that it was because of Internet. org, the Facebook-led initiative to bring Internet connectivity to developing economies, which made the two companies agree on the deal.

Facebook boosts mobile presence with WhatsApp acquisition

Facebook boosts mobile presence with WhatsApp acquisitionSocial networking giant, Facebook has said that it has significantly boosted its presence in the mobile market with the acquisition of WhatsApp messaging service. Facebook has said that it is planning to acquire leading social messaging app, WhatsApp in a deal valued at $19 billion.

WhatsApp founder apologises for `longest, biggest outage in years`

Jan KoumWashington, Feb 24 : WhatsApp founder Jan Koum has reportedly apologised for the recent four-hours-long outage experienced by all its users.

Days after the high-profile acquisition of the 450 million user strong service by Facebook for an eye popping 19 billion dollars, WhatsApp was marred by a long outage.

Koum acknowledged that it was their longest and biggest outage in years and affected all their users, The Verge reports.

According to the report, the outage was due to a faulty network router, which caused a cascading failure and ended up affecting WhatsApp servers.

Does Facebook-WhatsApp deal mean death of SMS?

Facebook-WhatsAppWashington, Feb 21 : Facebook announced its WhatsApp acquisition plans for an eye popping 19 billion dollars and the market went dizzy with the initial sticker stock, however, the biggest question still remains whether mobile messaging eventually bring death to the traditional SMS text messaging.

Although, for Facebook, the deal means more user base, more penetration in emerging markets , but until the deal goes through, SMS stands no chance of vanishing so soon.

According to PC World, texting is simply too ubiquitous, and essentially totally free in modern carrier plans.

Why Facebook invested $19bn in WhatsApp

facebook whatsappWashington, Feb 20 : Social networking giant Facebook has reportedly acquired messaging application WhatsApp for a deal priced at a whopping 19 billion dollars.

The billion-dollar acquisition deal includes 183,865,778 shares of Facebook stock, worth 12 billion dollars and 4 billion dollars in cash along with 45,966,444 restricted stock units (RSUs) to WhatsApp founders and employees, amounting to an additional 3 billion dollars in value to the deal.

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