Facebook's dodgy privacy record has prompted the Federal Trade Commission to take the extraordinary step of warning the social media giant about its proposed $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging startup WhatsApp.
If this is really an approval by the Federal Trade Commission of Facebook's pending acquisition of the messaging app maker, it did not come gift-wrapped.
The Android version of WhatsApp--the instant messaging firm being acquired by Facebook for $16 billion--has a security flaw that leaves chat histories open to theft and decryption by malicious apps installed on the same smartphone, warns an article in Ars Technica.
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WhatsApp is rolling out push-to-talk messaging services, enabling users to share voice memos across multiple mobile platforms.
Cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp has shifted its popular Apple iOS application from premium to freemium, embracing annual subscription pricing.
WhatsApp has surpassed the 250 million active user milestone, the over-the-top messaging services firm told The Wall Street Journal.
WhatsApp processed 27 billion messages in one day, up significantly from its previous best of 18 billion on Dec. 31, 2012.