Popular messaging service WhatsApp has reached 600 million monthly active users, according to the company’s CEO, Jan Koum.
WhatsApp wasapproaching the half-billion user mark when Facebook agreed to buy the company for $19 billion in February, and passed that figure in April.
WhatsApp is one of a variety of SMS alternatives that allow users to send mobile photos and messages to each other via the Internet. Line, a app popular in Asia, has 400 million users and Facebook’s own Messenger service has 200 million.
Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Yes, Facebook Dating is a real thing. And we may have just received a sneak peek.
Jane Manchun Wong — an app researcher who’s spotted Facebook features in the past, like Talent Show — posted photos from what she claims is an internal test of Facebook Dating.
The company wouldn’t say whether these pics are the real deal, although it did confirm it’s testing Facebook Dating internally.
Two months ago, at its F8 developer conference, Facebook shared that it was developing a dating app. Aspiring yenta Mark Zuckerberg explained it was “going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not hookups.”
Later, on its blog, Facebook dished out a few more details: “People will be able to create a dating profile that is separate from their Facebook profile — and potential matches will be recommended based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends. They’ll have the option to discover others with similar interests through their Groups or Events.”
From Wong’s photos, it looks like the app will let you prevent your current Facebook friends from seeing your dating profile, thus avoiding potential embarrassment. It’ll also offer a variety of gender options, including trans man, trans woman, and non-binary.
No word on when, exactly, Facebook Dating will become available to the public. Guess you’ll just have to make do with Tinder, Bumble, OKCupid, Happn, Grindr, Hinge, and the thousands of other dating apps out there in the meantime.
Security researchers have discovered that it’s possible for hackers to change both the content and the sender of a WhatsApp message after you’ve received it …
This includes the ability to change quoted messages, to make it appear you said something you didn’t.
CNET reports that the possibility was discovered by Check Point Software Technologies.
The firm] found that hackers can create a hacked version of the app and alter a quoted message (a past one that someone is replying directly one) to change the content or sender.
The hacker would, however, need to be part of the chat, so the vulnerability mostly applies to group chats.
WhatsApp told the NYT that it was not aware of the technique being used in the wild, and a cure would be worse than the problem.
One solution would be to create transcripts of every message exchange to verify the accuracy of every quote. Creating such a transcript is a significant privacy risk because those accounts of what people wrote to each other must be stored somewhere, the company said.
All WhatsApp messages are protected by end-to-end encryption, which means that only those within a chat would be able to exploit the loophole. Storing a transcript would effectively mean removing that end-to-end encryption.
Times after Messenger launched the video call option, WhatsApp rolls out its new feature for conference video calling. The new WhatsApp feature is now available to facilitate the users around the globe on iOS and Android.
Distinctly, the group calling feature supports up to four people at the same time.
WhatsApp says that all calls are encrypted and this new feature is engineered to work even under slow network conditions easing the users to make conference calls anytime, anywhere.
The functionality is pretty simple: To start the video call with one of the contacts, a button on the top right corner of the screen will let the user add another participant to call.
Once the call gets connected, an add icon appears, on the top right, above the names of the recipients. However, if the third user accepts the call their names will be separated with a comma. The feature can connect up to four people on a video call, all at the same time.
Noteworthy is the fact that this feature only works on the latest version of WhatsApp.