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WhatsApp blocked in China

San Francisco: Instant messaging service WhatsApp has been largely blocked in China, the media reported. The Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), a global observation network for detecting censorship, surveillance and traffic manipulation, suggested on Monday night that Chinese internet service providers started blocking access to WhatsApp on September 23, reports CNN. Public reports on […]

Facebook tests WhatsApp shortcut in its app

San Francisco: Facebook appears to be testing a new feature which will allow the users to launch WhatsApp directly from its app. A dedicated WhatsApp button showed up in the Facebook app of some users on the Android platform, which acted like a shortcut to open the chat app, The Next Web reported late on […]

Youth held for posting provocative messages on WhatsApp

Bhopal: Police in Madhya Pradesh arrested a youth for posting provocative messages on WhatsApp, an official said on Thursday. “A youth named Aslam posted provocative messages on a WhatsApp group. The group’s administrator lodged a police complaint in this regard,” Pritam Thakur, officer in-charge of Jahangirabad police station, told IANS. “Aslam was sent to jail […]

Android users to soon manage chat data storage on WhatsApp

San Francisco: WhatsApp Beta has added granular storage management — which was earlier available only on iOS — to Android that will allow users manage their chat data storage better. Users can soon go to ‘Data and storage usage’ under ‘Settings’ and then to ‘Storage usage’ to see the list of chats sorted the space taken […]

WhatsApp's 'unsend' feature maybe rolled out soon

San Francisco: If you mistakenly send a message to someone on WhatsApp next time, just chill because the popular messaging app’s much anticipated “unsend” feature is rolling out soon to all users. According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, the messaging app is finally testing the “Delete for Everyone” feature. “The […]

WhatsApp to soon launch app for businesses

New Delhi: Facebook-owned WhatsApp has announced it would soon be launching features to take businesses onboard and make it easy for them to interact on the messaging platform. “In the coming months, we’ll be testing new features that aim to solve some of these challenges, and make it easier for people to communicate with the […]

New WhatsApp version for iOS comes with bug fixes

San Francisco: WhatsApp has released a new version for iOS devices that has an improved Chat Search feature along with bug fixes. Available for download via the App Store, the new version ‘2.17.50’ would be available for group chats as well, blog website WABetaInfo said on Monday. WhatsApp would finally allow iOS device users to […]

WhatsApp, Messenger may still put user information at risk

New York: Do you know that despite the end-to-end encryption provided by popular messasing platforms like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Viber, your sensitive information is vulnerable to hacking? A new research has highlighted the importance of what is called an ‘authentication ceremony’ to help mitigate the risk. Researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) at Utah […]

WhatsApp adds colourful status feature in latest update

San Francisco: WhatsApp has rolled out a new update which lets users add colourful background to text status. The functionality is similar to the one on Facebook, where a selection of background colour options pop up when typing a new status update. The background can be added to text status by tapping the ‘pencil’ icon […]

New WhatsApp Beta version shows UPI payment feature

San Francisco/New Delhi: WhatsApp will soon facilitate instant money transfer via the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transaction system, shows a new Beta update by the Facebook-owned mobile messaging platform. According to a blog website WABetaInfo late on Wednesday, WhatsApp was finally giving shape to its plans towards bank-to-bank transfer using the UPI system. In the […]

Patent medicine: Girl catches 'unfaithful' boyfriend red-handed, thrashes him

Bhubaneswar: A girl hatched a plot to catch her disloyal boyfriend red-handed at the Buddha Park here in the city today. The girl alleged the man had many affairs outside their relationship. The video has become viral on social media and WhatsApp after a woman posted it on Facebook. The girl and the other girlfriend […]

Ditching WhatsApp encryption will help terrorists: Facebook COO

San Francisco: Responding to a call that Facebook should do away with the encryption that prevents police from accessing WhatsApp data, the company’s top executive has said such a move would make it difficult to track terrorists if government gets such access. The call for ditching the WhatsApp encryption emerged after five people were killed […]

WhatsApp has 1bn daily active users globally and with 2bn users, Facebook profits up 71% in Q2

New Delhi: WhatsApp has garnered one billion daily active users around the world who transfer over 55 billion messages and one billion videos everyday, the company said on Thursday. The monthly active users of Facebook-owned WhatsApp are over 1.3 billion and it supports 60 languages globally. Over 4.5 billion photos are shared around the world […]

WhatsApp closer to introducing 'Recall' message feature

San Francisco: Next time you send a message intended for your girlfriend mistakenly to someone else on WhatsApp, just chill. You may have soon a five-minute window to revoke such misdirected messages. According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, the mobile messaging platform has moved closer towards introducing a ‘Recall’ feature. […]

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WhatsApp allows teenagers to better express themselves: Study

New York: Mobile messaging service WhatsApp helps teenagers communicate better and to openly express themselves with their peers than in their classrooms, a study has claimed. The findings showed that WhatsApp groups allow teenagers to express themselves in ways that they cannot at school, helping them develop closer and more open relationships with their classmates. […]

Whatsapp malfunction affects users across globe

London: Instant messaging app WhatsApp on Wednesday encountered an outage with users across the globe reporting problems accessing the service. Issues with the Facebook-owned app, which is used by 1 billion people worldwide, included sending and receiving messages and logging in, the Independent reported. According to monitoring website Down Detector, hundreds of people complained about […]

WhatsApp fined over $3 mn in Italy

London: WhatsApp has been fined over $3.3 million in Italy for ‘forcing’ users to share their personal data with its parent company Facebook. The popular chat app has been asked by all of the 28 European Union data protection authorities to stop sharing users’ data with Facebook as there were doubts over the validity of […]

WhatsApp quietly brings encryption to its iCloud backup

San Francisco: After introducing end-to-end encryption in mobile chats last year, WhatsApp has quietly added new security features to its iCloud backup feature. The iCloud backup encryption has been a feature for some time but it has come out in the open only now, Forbes reported on Tuesday. The messages and chats in iCloud backups […]

Ban on WhatsApp data transfer to Facebook to stay: German court

Berlin: In a setback to the social networking giant, a German court has upheld its decision asking it to obtain the permission of WhatsApp users in the country before processing their personal data to Facebook. The court also overturned Germany’s privacy regulator’s order that the companies delete data they had already transferred, a report in […]

Now Facebook gets 'Stories' feature

New York: After Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp got a Snapchat-like “Stories” update, users on Tuesday got access to the new Facebook Camera feature that lets them add effects to their photos and videos. They can now share this content to a Snapchat clone called ‘Facebook Stories’ that appears above News Feed on mobile and works […]

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Panchayat polls: BJP demands judicial probe into model code violation

Sambalpur: The BJP today demanded judicial probe into violation of model code of conduct by the some political leaders and top senior bureaucrats and a series of political violence during panchayat polls perpetrated by the ruling party in the ongoing three-tier Panchayat polls in Odisha. Briefing media persons here, BJP National President Suresh Pujari said […]

Young woman beaten up for refusing to share WhatsApp number

Brahmagiri: Two youths were arrested and forwarded to court by the Brahmagiri police today for beating up a college girl student after she refused to share her mobile number with the accused. Sources said the arrested persons, Ganesh Pradhan and Kartik Pradhan, asked the girl victim for the mobile number in which WhatsApp is installed […]

Odisha initiates process of obtaining inputs for budget

Bhubaneswar: In an effort to make budgetary process more open and participative using Information and Communicative Technology (ICT), the Odisha government’s Finance Department today initiated the process of obtaining inputs for preparation of the 2016-17 budget. A separate web portal budget.odisha.gov.in through e-mail and SMS is prepared for the purpose, an official statement issued by […]

Talcher MLA in a soup over 'indecent proposal' to teenage girl

BJD MLA from Talcher Braja Pradhan is in a soup following allegations that he asked a teenage, college going girl during a WhatsApp chat to sleep with him if she wanted her father to get a job