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WhatsApp bolsters encryption – now end-to-end

WhatsApp bolsters encryption – now end-to-end

Written by on April 6, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook on Tuesday announced it had bolstered the default encryption settings for the more than one billion users of its popular WhatsApp messaging service so that all messages will now be accessible only to the sender and recipient. The update arrives amid a heightened international debate over how much access law enforcement […]

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WhatsApp dropping token $1 fee still levied on some users

WhatsApp dropping token $1 fee still levied on some users

Written by on January 19, 2016 in Billing & Payments with 0 Comments

MUNICH (Reuters) – The world’s most popular messaging service, WhatsApp, is dropping its token $1 fee still levied on some users as it experiments with making businesses pay to reach their customers, Chief Executive Jan Koum said on Monday. In addition, the Facebook-owned communications service expects in the coming months to offer complete encryption of […]

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WhatsApp, Messenger and Snapchat weeks away from UK ban

Written by on July 10, 2015 in Snippets with 0 Comments

WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Snapchat could all be just weeks away from a UK ban under the controversial so-called ‘Snoopers Charter’. The Investigatory Powers Bill, mentioned in the 2015 Queen’s Speech, would allow the government to ban instant messaging apps that refuse to remove end-to-end encryption. Read more here….

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Why is AlcaLu worth less than an app?

Why is AlcaLu worth less than an app?

Written by on April 17, 2015 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Did anyone else notice that Nokia just bought Alcatel-Lucent for less than Facebook paid for WhatsApp in 2014? News broke on April 15 that Nokia has agreed to acquire Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion/€15.6 billion in an all-stock deal. Compare that to news from February 2014 that had Facebook buying WhatsApp for $19 billion – a […]

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OTTs, Content Providers and Operators – New BFFs!

OTTs, Content Providers and Operators – New BFFs!

Written by on September 1, 2014 in BillingViews, Guest Blog with 2 Comments

I’m reliably informed by people much, much younger than me that BFF means best friend forever (however fleetingly). Looking at the recent advances in our industry, it seems that some operators, OTTs and content providers are becoming friends and raising hopes that they’ll start making enough money by working together to become BFFs. It wasn’t […]

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What Mobile World Congress looks like from space, er, Scotland

What Mobile World Congress looks like from space, er, Scotland

Written by on February 25, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 1 Comment

Following Mobile World Congress – #MWC14 – on Twitter cannot be done. It is like trying to drink from a fire hose. You scroll down. You scroll up and find another 160 tweets have been posted in the last two seconds. It seems like chaos – a cauldron of hyper-activity. Yet, nuggets reach our ears […]

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The Madness of King Zuck – a Messaging Mess

The Madness of King Zuck – a Messaging Mess

Written by on April 11, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

Common sense has left the building. Again. Just when telcos are coming to terms with the fact that charging for SMS is becoming a thing of the past, Facebook decides to charge for, er, sending messages. Their latest announcements include plans to charge £10 to guarantee to deliver a message to a celebrity and £1 […]

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