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Facebook completes $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp

Facebook’s humongous $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp was finalized today. Three days after the company was given European clearance to make the deal, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission has green-lighted the buy. Concerns were raised by the European and US authorities about the effects of Facebook’s acquisition on competition in…

Facebook Messenger finally makes its way to iPad

Facebook has today launched a version of its Messenger app for iPad. The previously iPhone-only iOS app has been updated to version 7.0, bringing with it iPad compatibility. Messenger maintains all of its functionality on the iPad, including instant messaging, featuring text and stickers, as well as voice calling. The UI will be similar to anyone…

Facebook takes aim at Snapchat with new Slingshot app

After briefly appearing on the App Store last week before being promptly pulled, Facebook has today officially launched its new Slingshot app. Slingshot, which appears at face value to be a Snapchat clone of sorts, allows users to send each other photos and videos with text captions or drawn elements. What’s unique about Slingshot, however, is that…

Best new and noteworthy apps: Swarm, Castro, Wthr and more!

New and updated apps hit the iOS App Store every day. It can be hard to keep up with all of the latest and greatest that the App Store has to offer but here at TiP, we’ll bring you a weekly roundup of some of the most noteworthy additions and updates. Let’s check out what this week had to offer… Swarm by Foursquare Swarm is the new app…

Screenshots appear to show WhatsApp’s new VoIP calling feature on iOS

Facebook-owned, cross-platform messaging app WhatsApp was reported to be working on voice over IP calling for a future update of the app set to roll out this spring. Now, leaked screenshots appear to show the feature in use on the iOS version of the app. The screenshots, embedded in full below, from Italian Apple blog iPhoneItalia purport to show an…

Google denies bidding for WhatsApp

Google’s Sundar Pichai has denied that his company made a bid for messaging app WhatsApp at Mobile World Congress. Pichain, who is the Senior Vice President in charge of Chrome, Android and apps, said that the reports of Google attempting to buy WhatsApp were “simply untrue”. WhatsApp was recently acquired by social media giant Facebook for a…

WhatsApp to add voice communications in Q2, 2014

WhatsApp, the mobile messaging startup that was recently acquired by Facebook for a staggering $16 billion in cash and stock and $3 billion in restricted stock units, will expand to voice communications in the second quarter of this year, co-founder and chief executive Jan Koum announced earlier today. Koum at Mobile World Congress: We want to make…