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10 Tricks to Make Yourself a WhatsApp Master

Such is the popularity of all-encompassing messaging tool WhatsApp that Facebook was tempted to part with $16 billion to get ahold of it. It’s designed to be as simple and straightforward to use as possible, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some hidden tricks and features that you might not know about. Let us guide… » 6/02/15 10:00am 6/02/15 10:00am

How to Sync Your WhatsApp Chats to the Web

Last month WhatsApp rolled out a web client, and yesterday it announced support for Firefox and Opera as well as Chrome, so it seems like an opportune time to show you how to switch between your browser and your mobile. There's still no love for iOS users or for Safari right now, but the rest of you can dive right in. » 2/26/15 10:37am 2/26/15 10:37am

WhatsApp Now Provides End-to-End Encryption For Your Messages

Encryption is a vital tool in helping keep your messages tucked away from prying eyes. Trying to stay safe while texting, though, meant also being siloed into effective-yet-niche chat platforms such as Silent Circle. But today, WhatsApp will start bringing end-to-end encryption to its 600 million users. » 11/18/14 10:43am 11/18/14 10:43am

Brazilian Vigilantes Used WhatsApp to Warn People of a Coming Massacre

Following a police shooting in northern Brazil, people started getting messages. On WhatsApp, they were warned to stay indoors that night. Some of the WhatsApp messages were texts, though the most popular was an audio file with a dire warning: "Don't go to Guama, Canudos or Terra Firme tonight. It concerns your… » 11/11/14 9:52am 11/11/14 9:52am

This WhatsApp Redesign Would Make Facebook's $16 Billion Buy Worth It

Whatsapp has been one of the most talked about start-up giants in recent memory. Building upon the most basic of mobile services, messaging WhatsApp has managed to monetise and evolve the service through cross platform integration and making it free (among many other things). Following the $16billion acquisition of… » 3/17/14 4:40pm 3/17/14 4:40pm

Privacy Watchdog: Don't Trust Facebook with WhatsApp

The corporate narrative around WhatsApp's obscurity-to-billions story centers around values. The company's founders, we're told, respect our privacy above all else—except $19 billion dollars from a company no one trusts to respect our privacy. Now one group is asking for government intervention. » 3/07/14 3:41pm 3/07/14 3:41pm

The $16 Billion WhatsApp Sale Was Planned Around a Reward Miles Flight

You'd think that a $16 billion business deal would be a good reason to change your travel plans—after all, what's it to a billionaire? But according to WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, finalizing the Facebook sale was organized around a plane ticket he couldn't change because it was booked with rewards points. » 2/23/14 4:00pm 2/23/14 4:00pm