WhatsApp testing ‘demote’ feature for group admins

WhatsApp testing ‘demote’ feature for group admins

San Francisco, January 12 (IANS) WhatsApp is reportedly testing a new button in group chats that will allow one administrator to “demote” other administrators, without first deleting them from the group and then adding again as normal participants.   Right now, when an administrator wants to remove a fellow administrator from the post, it is […]

WhatsApp asked to stop sharing data with Facebook

WhatsApp asked to stop sharing data with Facebook

London, December 19 (IANS) Concerned over data privacy of its citizens, France’s privacy watchdog has issued formal notice to WhatsApp, asking the popular mobile messaging app to stop sharing user data with the parent company Facebook within a month.   If WhatsApp fails to comply with the formal notice within the specified time scale, the […]

Exclusive: Prescient messages about Indian companies circulate in WhatsApp groups

Exclusive: Prescient messages about Indian companies circulate in WhatsApp groups

MUMBAI, November 21 (Reuters) – Three days before Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd announced quarterly results this summer, a message circulated on a private WhatsApp group saying the Indian drugmaker would not post good numbers.   Dr. Reddy’s was going to report a loss, according to the message on the “Market Chatter” group, which was posted […]

Exclusive: Prescient messages about Indian companies circulate in WhatsApp groups

Exclusive: Prescient messages about Indian companies circulate in WhatsApp groups

FILE PHOTO: A man poses with a smartphone in front of displayed Whatsapp logo in this illustration September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo   MUMBAI, November 16 (Reuters) – Three days before Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd announced quarterly results this summer, a message circulated on a private WhatsApp group saying the Indian drugmaker would not […]

WhatsApp empowers women, kids with ‘Live Location’ feature

WhatsApp empowers women, kids with ‘Live Location’ feature

San Francisco, October 18 (IANS) In a move that will help women and kids connect with their families and friends as they travel, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has introduced ‘Live Location’ feature.   The feature that allows people to share location in real-time with family or friends.   The end-to-end encrypted feature lets people control who they […]

WhatsApp ‘excited’ about digital projects in India

WhatsApp ‘excited’ about digital projects in India

  New Delhi, August 21 (IANS) Days after the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) on WhatsApp was spotted in the Google Play Beta Programme, a top WhatsApp executive says the mobile messaging app is excited about the government’s digitisation drive and the future projects in the country.   Without delving into the details about when the […]

WhatsApp, Telegram patch flaws in instant messaging applications

WhatsApp, Telegram patch flaws in instant messaging applications

SAN FRANCISCO, March 15 (Reuters) – WhatsApp and Telegram patched flaws in their popular instant messaging applications after security researchers showed that they could seize control of user accounts.   Researchers with Check Point Software Technologies Inc discovered problems with the way the two apps process some types of files without verifying that they do […]

WhatsApp adds secure video calling amid privacy concerns

WhatsApp adds secure video calling amid privacy concerns

SAN FRANCISCO, November 15 (Reuters) – One of the world’s most popular means of communication, Facebook’s WhatsApp, is adding fully encrypted video calling to its messaging app on Monday, a move that comes as privacy advocates worry about the potential for stepped-up government surveillance under a Trump administration.   WhatsApp, which boasts more than a […]

WhatsApp to discontinue on BlackBerry, Nokia devices by 2017: Report

New York, February 29 (IANS): Popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp will drop support for BlackBerry and Nokia devices by 2017 in order to push the Facebook-owned app’s growth, media reports said on Monday. WhatsApp’s announcement includes all BlackBerry phones, including those running on BlackBerry 10, the company’s latest operating system (OS) that was last shipped […]

Now, 1 billion people use FB-owned WhatsApp

New York, February 2 (IANS): Facebook-owned mobile messaging service WhatsApp has reached the milestone of one-billion users, with 42 billion messages being exchanged daily, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday.   “One billion people now use WhatsApp. There are only a few services that connect more than a billion people. This milestone is an […]

WhatsApp to drop subscription fees, no plans to launch ads

WhatsApp to drop subscription fees, no plans to launch ads

REUTERS – Mobile messaging service WhatsApp, owned by Facebook Inc, said it will no longer charge annual subscription fees and plans to test tools to allow users to communicate directly with businesses and organizations via the app.   WhatsApp, which has 900 million users worldwide and works across different types of phones, said it does […]