WhatsApp is now delivering roughly 100 billion messages a day

WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging app owned by Facebook, is now delivering roughly 100 billion messages a day, the company’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said at the quarterly earnings call Thursday. For some perspective, users exchanged 100 billion messages on WhatsApp last New Year’s Eve. That is the day when WhatsApp tops its engagement figures, […]

Facebook adds hosting, shopping features and pricing tiers to WhatsApp Business

Facebook has been making a big play to be a go-to partner for small and medium businesses that use the internet to interface with the wider world, and its messaging platform WhatsApp, with some 50 million businesses and 175 million people messaging them (and more than 2 billion users overall) has been a central part […]

Brands building for scale should look to hypercultural Latinx consumers

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Courier raises $10.1M Series A to help developers integrate multichannel notifications

Courier is an API platform with a no-code twist that helps developers add multichannel user notifications to their applications. The company today announced that it has raised a $10.1 million Series A funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Matrix Partners, Twilio and Slack Fund also participated in this round. Previously, the company raised a […]

WhatsApp reveals six previously undisclosed vulnerabilities on new security site

Facebook -owned WhatsApp has revealed six previously undisclosed vulnerabilities, which the company has now fixed. The vulnerabilities are being reported on a dedicated security advisory website that will serve as the new resource providing a comprehensive list of WhatsApp security updates and associated Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE). WhatsApp said five of the six vulnerabilities […]

FB Messenger chief Stan Chudnovsky is coming to Disrupt

Stan Chudnovsky last spoke at Disrupt in 2016, so we’ve got a lot to catch up on. Chudnovsky remains in charge of Facebook Messenger — his current title is VP of Messenger — so he can tell us more about how the product has evolved at this year’s Disrupt 2020 on September 14-18. One of […]

Facebook changes name of its annual VR event and its overall AR/VR organization

Facebook is moving further away from the Oculus brand. The company says it is changing the name of their augmented reality and virtual reality organization to “Facebook Reality Labs,” an org which will encompass the company’s AR/VR products under the Oculus, Spark and Portal brands. The company’s AR/VR research division had its title changed from […]

Further delay to GDPR enforcement of 2018 Twitter breach

Twitter users have to wait to longer to find out what penalties, if any, the platform faces under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for a data breach that dates back around two years. In the meanwhile the platform has continued to suffer security failures — including, just last month, when hackers gained […]

More Chinese phone makers could lose US apps under Trump’s Clean Network

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Google-Fitbit deal to be scrutinized in Europe over data competition concerns

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