Messaging joins voice
Open Whisper Systems has released version 2 of its Signal secure calling app for iPhone. This is an important iteration, as it…
Please make it stop
Having tried to insert the wording of the rejected Communications Data Bill into new U.K. anti-terror legislation, then having withdrawn the amendment…
thanks WhatsApp & Instagram
Mobile analytics firm App Annie released a report on app trends on Wednesday that sorts out what kind of software people downloaded on their phones…
Don't just look in the mirror
A teenager’s perspective on how he uses different social networks is useful, but sociologist danah boyd warns that generalizing about what this means for all teenagers inevitably marginalizes some users who may be worth listening to
Facebook just introduced ads on Instagram, and hasn’t tried to make money off WhatsApp yet, but the company’s revenue is robust nonetheless.
SIMSme is a fully-fledged rival to the likes of WhatsApp, Threema and Snapchat, with the added bonus of being based in a jurisdiction with really tight data protection laws.
In emerging markets, smartphones are gaining ground based on crazily low pricing. Check out this Gadget piece about recent figures from South…
Half of the world’s mobile carriers are exempting at least one app from data charges, according to Allot. More often than not, that app is Facebook. The subsidized mobile internet is becoming a key carrier draw.
Facebook(s fb) has asked the European Commission’s antitrust watchdog to review its $19 billion takeover of the messaging service WhatsApp, according to…
Witness the power of forward-thinking net neutrality law in action! This sort of thing could be hugely detrimental to the growth plans of Facebook in particular, but it’s ultimately very pro-consumer.
The reverse takeover saves Kakao, a challenger to the likes of Line and WhatsApp, the trouble of going through a tiresome stock market flotation.
Big social media companies have typically paid only lip-service to privacy concerns. But Facebook is now introducing measures that will give people easy-to-use tools to control who sees their information.
Facebook plans to acquire ProtoGeo Oy, a software company that makes the fitness tracker app Moves.
Are you receiving a barrage of text message “invitations” to try an app? Blame desperate messaging apps that are trying to “growth hack” their way to survival.
Mark Zuckerberg says his approach to mobile consists of breaking the monolithic Facebook app down into smaller, more discrete experiences — ones that may look and feel nothing like the big blue app or main website, and may even allow for different identities
The Russian-founded, Berlin-based operation offers more secure and private messaging than WhatsApp, but is it right for you?
Facebook’s latest acquisition, WhatsApp, will roll out voice calling to all users sometime during the second quarter of this year.
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The huge price tag attached to Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp — one of the largest web deals in history — actually makes more sense than you might think at first glance.
The courts invalidated much of the FCC’s net neutrality rules. While consumers will lose, the winners may surprise you.
Nokia’s latest Series 40 handset represents a welcome boost for WhatsApp in emerging markets, and a useful reminder of how Nokia continues to eke relevance out of its ageing platform.
WhatsApp users get 8 billion inbound messages per day and send over 12 billion per day.
Carriers are struggling to match the demand for data with pricing plans that keep their profits up. Over the top services like Viber and WhatsApp are causing even more pain, but 3 Hong Kong may have found a solution that would work for everyone.
Mobile companies faced with rising data use are often choosing to block or limit innovative voice and messaging apps. But that won’t solve anything — and in the long term it’s only causing the industry damage, says Andreas Bernström, CEO of VoIP service Rebtel.
While carriers may fret about the impact of messaging apps like WhatsApp on SMS revenue, they should really be worried abvout the continued erosion of voice revenue as people talk less, message more and turn to IP services, even those within mobile apps.
Millions of people are embracing free mobile messaging services like WhatsApp and Kik as a way to avoid outrageous carrier charges for texti…