WhatsApp-Facebook data-sharing deal probed by UK privacy watchdog — TechCrunch

Well that was fast. Just one day after WhatsApp revealed a sea-change in its attitude to user data, by detailing plans to share the mobile numbers and last seen status of its users with parent company Facebook for ad-targeting and marketing purposes, the UK’s data protection watchdog has fired a warning shot across Zuckerberg’s bows…

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Facebook Plan For WhatsApp Data Poses Legal Risks — Fortune

When WhatsApp announced on Thursday that it would start sharing data with its corporate parent, Facebook, some of its fans howled that the popular messaging service was betraying long-held promises to protect their privacy. But for the companies, angry users may pose less of a problem than the Federal Trade Commission, which serves as the…

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How Facebook Messenger clawed its way to 1 billion users

Facebook’s gamble of forcing users to download Messenger has paid off. Despite the backlash, Messenger has doubled its user count in twenty months to reach the one billion user mark five years after its debut. Messenger joins Facebook, its acquisition WhatsApp, and Google’s YouTube in the billion user mobile user club. The app has racked up…

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WhatsApp hits 100 million calls per day — TechCrunch

In February, Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced it had reached one billion users worldwide, and this week, the company added another metric to demonstrate its ongoing traction and growth. According to a brief post on the company blog, WhatsApp claims that it’s now handling more than 100 million voice calls per day on its service. This is…

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