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

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 <a hre

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 tra

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

<p dir="ltr">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 wit

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 tw

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 ha

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

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 lo

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

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

How Things Change

Four years ago, Brian Acton was looking for a job. His job at Yahoo, where he’d filled many engineering roles over 11 years, had come to an end. He was networking with recruiters: networking wit

Kik Founder On Facebook Buying WhatsApp: Mobile Messaging Now “Table Stakes”

Mobile messaging consolidation is coming fast and heavy recently, with the Viber/Rakuten deal and today’s WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook. Another contender in the space, Waterloo-based Kik, ha

Zuck Says Ads Aren’t The Way To Monetize Messaging, WhatsApp Will Prioritize Growth Not Subscriptions

Facebook won't be throwing its advertising weight behind its new acquisition WhatsApp like it did with Instagram. But WhatsApp also won't be focusing on rolling out the $1 a year subscription fee it c

Sequoia’s A Big Winner In Facebook’s WhatsApp Acquisition, With Its Stake Worth About $3 Billion

Facebook today announced its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. Obviously WhatsApp has a lot to cheer about, having grown to 450 million active users over the course of the last five years. But from

Facebook’s $19 Billion WhatsApp Acquisition, Contextualized

Facebook just announced it's buying WhatsApp, a global messaging platform with 450 million MAUs, for approximately $19 billion. It's one of the biggest tech acquisitions since HP bought Compaq for $25

Facebook Stock Falls 5% After Hours Following WhatsApp Purchase [Update: Now Down Only 2.64%]

Facebook today announced that it will acquire WhatsApp for a combined $16 billion in cash and stock. WhatsApp's employees pick up an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units as part of the deal

Facebook Buying WhatsApp For $19B, Will Keep The Messaging Service Independent

Facebook is purchasing messaging giant WhatsApp for $16 billion in cash and stock, according to a regulatory filing. The deal is being cut for $12 billion in Facebook shares, $4 billion in cash and an

What’s Up With WhatsApp? Facebook Might Want To Buy It, That’s What

<em><strong>Update: </strong>WhatsApp still has not responded to us directly but <a target="_blank" href="http://allthingsd.com/20121203/no-facebooks-not-buying-whatsapp-but-keep-an-eye-on-it/">told