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  • FTC Says Facebook Will Need Permission From WhatsAppers To Use Their Data

    FTC Says Facebook Will Need Permission From WhatsAppers To Use Their Data

    Facebook will need the “affirmative consent” of WhatsApp users in order to use their data for advertising or anything. The ruling comes from Federal Trade Commission alongside its approval in US for Facebook to acquire WhatsApp. The $19 billion deal announced in February will still have to get past international regulators. Facebook’s business model is based on mining… Read More

  • WhatsApp Experiences Second Major Outage Following Facebook Acquisition

    WhatsApp Experiences Second Major Outage Following Facebook Acquisition

    Panic! Despair! Switch to Facebook Messenger!…Ah, I see what you did there, Facebook. Mobile messaging application WhatsApp is this morning experiencing its second major outage since Facebook bought the company in February for $19 billion. According to TechCrunch tipsters, reports on Twitter and DownDetector.com, the service has been experiencing issues for roughly an hour, at least in… Read More

  • Mobile Is From Mars, Facebook Is From Venus, And WhatsApp Is Ephemeral

    Mobile Is From Mars, Facebook Is From Venus, And WhatsApp Is Ephemeral

    You can only admire Mark Zuckerburg. If the game is Whack-A-mole he is prepared to whack them, small, medium or large – no matter the cost. Whacking moles is the only way to earn points and points translate into life. Think about it. Would you give up 20 percent of your worth and 35 percent of your cash if you got to live on in the face of an otherwise certain demise. Of course you would! Read More

  • The WhatsApp Story Challenges Some Of The Valley’s Conventional Wisdom

    The WhatsApp Story Challenges Some Of The Valley’s Conventional Wisdom

    Silicon Valley and the tech world at large are filled with a variety of conventions. These conventions are now created, captured, and shared ad nauseam disguised as blog posts, tweets with links, and countless message boards. The benefit of such a canon is we all have access to a rich repository of knowledge — the cost, however, is we all, perhaps unwittingly, are exposed to the same… Read More

  • WhatsApp Is Down, Confirms Server Issues [Update: It’s Back After A 210-Minute Outage]

    WhatsApp Is Down, Confirms Server Issues [Update: It’s Back After A 210-Minute Outage]

    WhatsApp is currently experiencing an outage. Users around the world are reporting that they haven’t been able to send messages for about two hours, and WhatsApp just confirmed this problems with a tweet stating “sorry we currently experiencing server issues. we hope to be back up and recovered shortly.” Read More

  • WhatsApp Was Valued At ~$1.5B In Final Round Before Sale

    WhatsApp Was Valued At ~$1.5B In Final Round Before Sale

    WhatsApp did a great job of being surreptitious about its funding while growing into a messaging monster. But as they say, the truth always comes out. In this case, the truth is that the company had three rounds of financing, with Sequoia as the sole investor. According to documents unearthed by VC Experts, WhatsApp went from a $250k seed round in 2009 to an $8 million round at an ~$80… Read More

  • Mobile Contacts Are Now The Real Social Network

    Mobile Contacts Are Now The Real Social Network

    Facebook’s surprising acquisition of WhatsApp signals that it has realized that users’ true social network is the contact list on their smartphones. Mobile contacts are usually limited to people a user knows well and actually communicates with, a veritable treasure trove when compared to the copious list of Facebook friends that many users have accumulated over the years. Read More

  • How Facebook Can Supercharge WhatsApp

    How Facebook Can Supercharge WhatsApp

    Just because WhatsApp will “operate independently” doesn’t mean Facebook won’t put its 6,000-employee muscle behind its new acquisition. We’ve heard a lot about how WhatsApp will save Facebook from losing the international messaging war, but sources close to Facebook tell me it actually did a lot to help Instagram. Here are the ways you can expect it to do the… Read More

  • Business As Usual In The New Silicon Valley

    Business As Usual In The New Silicon Valley

    Now here is one spectacular tale. A company, with little PR or marketing, grows in just a handful of years to connect half a billion people around the world through a simple messaging app. The company gets acquired for a hefty sum; in this case, the largest sum ever in the history of venture-backed startup acquisitions. Billionaires and millionaires are created almost out of thin air. Read More