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  • Messaging app Viber targets 30 million users in India by year-end 13-04-2014 12:30 PM

    New Delhi: Considering India as one of its priority markets, Viber - provider of mobile application that allows free voice calls and text messaging - is aiming to increase its user base here to 30 million by December. The company which entered India last November has 17 million users. Globally,...
  • Facebook to require separate mobile app for sending and receiving messages 10-04-2014 12:17 PM

    San Francisco: Facebook Inc will no longer let users send and receive private messages within its main smartphone app, and will require that users install a separate messaging app, the Internet company said on Wednesday. Facebook began notifying users in France, England and several other European countries on Wednesday that...
  • CPI moves EC against pro-Modi WhatsApp msg,calls them communal 08-04-2014 06:11 PM

    CPI on Tuesday asked the Election Commission to take urgent steps to stop 'WhatsApp' messages carrying "communal" content and seeking votes for BJP and Narendra Modi. In a letter to the poll panel, party National Secretary Amarjit Kaur said these "communal messages on WhatsApp are also being propagated with impunity...
  • FireChat app now comes to Android; lets users chat even without Internet connection 04-04-2014 11:47 AM

    San Francisco: A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there's no cellular service or Internet connection. In just two weeks since its release on the iPhone, FireChat already has provided a flicker of hope for people pining for more...
  • Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba invests $280 million in messaging app Tango 20-03-2014 11:07 AM

    San Francisco: Tango, the mobile messaging app-maker, announced Wednesday it has raised $280 million in a new funding round led by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. By almost any measure, the investment amounted to a staggering sum for a mobile app developer. The deal, which came one month...
  • 'To teach boyfriend a lesson, my uncle sent threat SMS to DM using phone he gifted me' 15-03-2014 12:59 PM

    At least three people, including a girl, have been detained in Patna for threatening to blow up the Bodh Gaya and Vishnupad temples in Gaya district, police said on Saturday. Police detained Sunny, Rakesh and a 19-year-old girl from Ranipur-Rasulpur locality in Patna late on Friday, Senior Superintendent of Police...
  • Legal action against those sending objectionable messages on cellphones during polls 14-03-2014 08:11 PM

    Legal action will be taken against those who send objectionable or provocative messages on mobile phone during electioneering. "A helpline for informing authorities about objectionable messages has been started and swift action on complaints will be taken in view of the Model Code of Conduct ahead of the Lok Sabha...
  • WhatsApp update to hide 'last seen at' timestamp now available on Google Play 11-03-2014 07:32 PM

    New Delhi: Popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp, that is now being acquired by Facebook, has included a much-requested feature - the ability to hide the 'last seen at' timestamp. This feature was previously available only on the WhatsApp application downloaded from its official website but wansn't rolled out on Google...
  • Halt Facebook-WhatsApp deal, privacy groups ask regulators 07-03-2014 07:01 AM

    San Francisco: Privacy advocates have asked US regulators to halt Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp until there is a clearer understanding of how the company intends to use the personal data of WhatsApp's 450 million users. WhatsApp, a service that allows mobile phone users to send each...
  • BBM to soon let users share photos in multi-person chats, send files up to 16MB in size 03-03-2014 12:33 PM

    New Delhi: Bringing new features and improvements to BBM, BlackBerry has now announced that BBM will soon support photo sharing in multi-person chats. This comes as an addition to existing sharing options that exist in multi-person chats - sending voice notes, sharing your location powered by Glympse, and sending files...
  • Is Telegram emerging as WhatsApp's biggest competitor? 25-02-2014 01:28 PM

    New Delhi: Following WhatsApp's brief outage last week, millions of users reportedly jumped to a few months old messaging app Telegram. According to Telegram, almost 5 million people signed up on Telegram on Sunday, making it the No. 1 iPhone app in 48 countries. Following the WhatsApp buyout, "the app's...
  • WhatsApp now lets Android users hide their 'last seen at' timestamp. Here's how 22-02-2014 03:19 PM

    New Delhi: Popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp, that is now being acquired by Facebook, has included a much-requested feature - the ability to hide the 'last seen at' timestamp. This feature was so longer available only on WhatsApp for iPhone and was a much desired by many on other platforms...
  • What the future holds for WhatsApp after acquisition by Facebook 22-02-2014 12:15 PM

    San Francosco: In recent years, a bevy of messaging apps has fought for global domination, with many boasting a lucrative combination of communications features, online shopping and games. But this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent a staggering $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the contender with perhaps the simplest functionality...
  • Will Facebook dilute WhatsApp's appeal? The fears of a WhatsApp fan 21-02-2014 07:53 AM

    New York: When I used WhatsApp to tell my family about Facebook's $19 billion purchase of the company that makes my favorite app, I punctuated the message with a string of crying emojis (cartoon faces). I'm paranoid that Facebook's massive data-gathering operation will enable advertisers to stalk me based on...
  • Facebook to pay WhatsApp $2 billion if deal fails 20-02-2014 05:31 PM

    New York: Social networking giant Facebook will have to shell out $2 billion (over Rs 12,500 crore) if its acquisition of the instant messaging service Whatsapp fails to get necessary approvals. The California-based Facebook has inked a deal to acquire WhatsApp, its largest acquisition ever, for $19 billion ($4 billion...
  • Only 14 listed Indian companies valued higher than WhatsApp 20-02-2014 05:23 PM

    How big is the Facebook-Whats App deal? Sample this: Only 14 Indian listed companies are valued more than WhatsApp. These big 14 are: TCS , Reliance , ITC , ONGC , Infosys , Coal India , HDFC Bank , Wipro , Sun Pharma , Tata Motors , HDFC , HUL...
  • The best of Facebook-WhatsApp jokes on Twitter 20-02-2014 04:23 PM

    As expected, Twitter is abuzz with funny tweets soon after Facebook announced that it is buying the popular messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion. Take a look at the jokes below and enjoy. If you too have jokes on the WhatsApp buyout, do share in the comments section below. ...
  • Why WhatsApp is so big in India 20-02-2014 03:27 PM

    New Delhi: While much of India slept Thursday morning, one news of a big-time sale spread in minutes through the country, on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, long before the mainstream media picked it up. Facebook was buying WhatsApp for $16 billion in stock and cash, going up to a likely...
  • BlackBerry shares surge after Facebook bid for WhatsApp 20-02-2014 10:24 AM

    Toronto: Facebook Inc's stunning $19 billion bid for fast-growing mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp sent shares of BlackBerry Ltd surging after the closing bell on Wednesday, as investors were cheered by the lofty valuation for the messaging platform. The deal sent shares in BlackBerry up as much as 9 per cent in...
  • Facebook set to buy Whatsapp for a whopping $ 19 billion 20-02-2014 10:11 AM

    Social networking website Facebook is all set to buy popular mobile messaging service Whatsapp for a whopping $ 19 billion in cash and stocks. Whatsapp Co-founder and CEO Jan Koum will now join the Board of Directors of Facebook. Whatsapp will, however, continue to work independent of Facebook's existing messaging...
  • What's WhatsApp? A brief profile of the company Facebook's buying for $19 billion 20-02-2014 08:53 AM

    Profile:Year founded: 2009.Company founders: Former Yahoo engineers Jan Koum (the current CEO) and Brian Acton.Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.Number of employees: 55.How it works:Download the app to phones running Android and iPhones, as well as BlackBerry, Windows and Nokia phones.Messages are sent over the Internet, to individual people or groups.One check...
  • The biggest buys: Facebook vs Google vs Microsoft 20-02-2014 08:21 AM

    Facebook's $19 billion in cash and stock acquisition of WhatsApp is by far the company's largest and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done. The deal translates to roughly 9 per cent of Facebook's market value. In comparison, Google's biggest deal, Motorola Mobility, stood at $12.5...
  • Why Facebook is buying WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion 20-02-2014 07:14 AM

    Facebook will buy fast-growing mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, as the world's largest social network looks for ways to boost its popularity, especially among a younger crowd. The acquisition of the hot messaging service with more than 450 million users around the world stunned many...
  • Facebook to buy WhatsApp: Full text of Mark Zuckerberg's message 20-02-2014 07:04 AM

    Facebook announced that it will buy fast-growing mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock in what will be the company;s biggest acquisition ever and also bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a Facebook update announcing the news....
  • Facebook buying WhatsApp messaging app for $19 billion 20-02-2014 05:58 AM

    New York: Facebook is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, by far the company's largest acquisition and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done. The world's biggest social networking company said on Wednesday that it is paying $12 billion in...
  • Viber sold for $900 million to Japan's Rakuten 14-02-2014 04:27 PM

    Tolyo: Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, controlled by billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, will buy call and messaging app provider Viber Media for $900 million in a deal that would more than double the number of users in its digital empire. Rakuten offers services from financing to shopping to online video on its...
  • Viber CEO denies reports in talks to sell company 12-02-2014 11:08 AM

    Tel Aviv: Viber Media denied a media report that the popular instant messaging application is in talks to be acquired by an Asian company. Israel's Calcalist financial newspaper reported that Viber was in talks to acquired by a leading instant messaging company from Asia for $300 million-$400 million. Viber is...
  • Text messages on mobile phones can help reduce diabetes risk 20-12-2013 05:03 PM

    Washington: Researchers have found an innovative simple tool that may help decrease one's risk for diabetes: Text messages on your cell phone. Participants in a free mobile education programme, piloted in Detroit and Cincinnati last year, said the customised texting service 'txt4health' made them more aware of their diabetes risk...
  • World's first text message using vodka send 19-12-2013 04:13 PM

    Scientists have successfully sent the world's first text message using evaporated vodka. Researchers from the York University, Toronto and their UK-based counterparts, who texted the message 'O Canada' using evaporated vodka, say their simple system can be used where conventional wireless technology fails. "Chemical signals can offer a more efficient...
  • Twitter updates app for Android, iOS with photo sharing over DM 12-12-2013 04:33 PM

    New Delhi: Tweaking its mobile app for Android and iOS, Twitter introduced a major change to its Direct Message feature. Users can now share and view photos via direct message (DM) on their mobile phone. It also introduced a new tab in the navigation bar to make it easier for...