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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…

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…

Google made $10 billion offer for WhatsApp before Facebook deal

According to a short snippet over at Fortune, Google made an offer to buy WhatsApp before Facebook swooped in and sealed the deal “over strawberries and chocolate” last weekend. According to the site’s sources, Google offered “only” $10 billion for the company and didn’t come with a promise of a board seat. But that’s not the only offer Google has…

Report: Facebook acquiring WhatsApp for $16 billion

A report has just started making it’s way around the internet saying that Facebook will be purchasing WhatsApp for an enormous $16 billion. Yes, with a b. That’s an insane amount of money, but not something unheard of in this day and age of companies buying other companies. Facebook has said that $4 billion of this will be in cash, while $12 billion will…

App usage more than doubles in 2013

App availability is perhaps one of the most important factors when it comes to operating systems on smartphones. Even the nicest looking operating systems have no chance to succeed if there isn’t a good availability of apps available for the platform. No one has learned this lesson quite like Palm (and later HP) with their webOS. The operating system…

Best alternative messaging apps: BBM, LINE, Kik, Viber and more

Unfortunately, the messaging ecosystem is a mess across all of today’s smartphones. Instant messaging does not have a universal protocol that all apps can tap into (like email, for example) so our conversations are tied to the messaging services that we use. That makes switching between messaging apps difficult as our friend lists, conversations, account…

A first look at WhatsApp’s new iOS 7 redesign [VID]

I’ve never hidden my dislike for WhatsApp. Not necessarily because it’s a bad service. It isn’t, and I’m sure I was one of the early adopters when it first released. But, in that time, there’s been very little done in terms of design work from the developers. So, when iOS 7 came around, I was certain that all my distaste would finally be appeased. To…