WhatsApp

  • Gillmor Gang: Free Shipping

    Gillmor Gang: Free Shipping

    The Gillmor Gang – Doc Searls, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — talk the usual smack about the complete fantasy known as IM interoperability. You’d think these stalwarts would acknowledge the Sisyphean nature of the task, but no siree Bob. Instead we have a real life get together brought to you in 6-frame stop animation courtesy Kevin Marks’ LTE. Doc Searls… Read More

  • Inside The Billion-Dollar Hacker Club

    Inside The Billion-Dollar Hacker Club

    For this group of old friends, assembled for an impromptu reunion, the venue would feel familiar: an online chat room running on a secure private server. Each were former members of the elite hacking group “w00w00” and they had reconvened that afternoon to celebrate and share in the success of one of their own. In some ways it was just like old times. Read More

  • To The Surprise Of No One, BlackBerry CEO John Chen Would Take $19B For BBM

    To The Surprise Of No One, BlackBerry CEO John Chen Would Take $19B For BBM

    BlackBerry’s CEO made the stunning revelation that he’d accept a $19 billion (read: the price paid for WhatsApp by Facebook) offer for BBM, the messaging service that makes up one small part of the Waterloo-based company with a market cap of $5.17 billion he currently runs. Chen dropped the bomb at MWC in an interview with CNBC, admitting he’d “definitely sell”… Read More

  • Mobile Messaging App Line Claims 2M New Users In 24-Hour Period After WhatsApp Outage

    Mobile Messaging App Line Claims 2M New Users In 24-Hour Period After WhatsApp Outage

    Mobile messaging platform Line, a WhatsApp rival that’s very popular in Japan but is also gunning for global growth, has claimed it acquired two million new registered users in a 24 hour period after WhatsApp’s recent service outage. Read More

  • WhatsApp Is Actually Worth More Than $19B, Says Facebook’s Zuckerberg, And It Was Internet.org That Sealed The Deal

    WhatsApp Is Actually Worth More Than $19B, Says Facebook’s Zuckerberg, And It Was Internet.org That Sealed The Deal

    More than a few people were surprised when Facebook said it would pay $19 billion for messaging app startup WhatsApp, but today Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today said that he believed it was actually worth more. “If we can do a good job with WhatsApp [and] grow it, it will be a huge business,” he said today during a keynote presentation at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 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

  • Gillmor Gang: WhatsApp, Doc

    Gillmor Gang: WhatsApp, Doc

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — bask in the afterglow of the 19 Billion Dollar Bash. The reasons for the WhatsApp deal are many: taking the rapidly growing messaging app off the table, turning Facebook into an appregator, introducing the media to the startling notion that the US market is just a piece of… Read More

  • Bye Bye, WhatsApp: Germans Switch To Threema For Privacy Reasons

    Bye Bye, WhatsApp: Germans Switch To Threema For Privacy Reasons

    Swiss startup Threema probably didn’t expect this. In 24 hours, the startup has doubled its user base, according to Süddeutsche. It is now sitting at the top of the paid App Store chart in Germany. Interestingly, Threema’s key feature is its true end-to-end encryption — German users probably don’t want to use a Facebook-owned app anymore. 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

  • Facebook’s WhatsApp Acquisition Leaves Snapchat Hanging

    Facebook’s WhatsApp Acquisition Leaves Snapchat Hanging

    With Facebook’s massive $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp earlier today, any possible marriage between Facebook and Snapchat appears to be dead. After spending $20 billion on a photo sharing company (Instagram) and messaging company (WhatsApp), can Facebook really justify spending billions more to acquire an ephemeral photo messaging company? Read More