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Company's share price crashed after outages

(Newser) - Update: Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram began slowly returning to the internet Monday evening, about six hours after crashing. A tweet from Facebook around 6:30 ET said they were "coming back online now," CNN reports. "Thank you for bearing with us," the tweet said. The restoration...

46 State Attorneys General Sue to Break Up Facebook

Social media giant accused of using its dominance to crush the competition

(Newser) - When it comes to taking on Facebook, bipartisanship is alive and well. Attorneys general from 46 states, along with Guam and Washington, DC, filed an antitrust against the social media giant Wednesday, accusing it of using its dominance to crush competition, NPR reports. The lawsuit is being led by New...

For Some, a Missed WhatsApp Call Had Scary Consequences

Company uncovered spyware that could hijack a phone via a missed call

(Newser) - Spyware crafted by a sophisticated group of hackers-for-hire took advantage of a WhatsApp flaw to remotely hijack dozens of phones, the company said late Monday. The Financial Times identified the actor as Israel's NSO Group, and WhatsApp all but confirmed the identification, describing hackers as "a private company...

In Sea Change, Zuckerberg Now Says 'the Future Is Private'

He announces major Facebook overhaul

(Newser) - "I know that we don't exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy right now, to put it lightly," Mark Zuckerberg quipped at the annual F8 Facebook developer's conference—but he promised that the company will turn it around. In his keynote address, the CEO announced a...

Key Dem: Lawyer Confirmed Worrying Ivanka, Jared Email Use

Rep. Elijah Cummings says Kushner also used WhatsApp for official business

(Newser) - The president's son-in-law is up to date with technology but possibly not with the Presidential Records Act. House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said Thursday that a lawyer for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner told him that Kushner, a White Houser adviser, used the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp for...

Facebook Exec Fires Back at WhatsApp Founder

David Marcus is not pleased with Brian Action

(Newser) - "A whole new standard of low-class." That's what Facebook exec David Marcus has to say about criticism leveled at the social media platform and Mark Zuckerberg by Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, CNBC reports. In a Forbes interview, Acton says Facebook, which bought WhatsApp for $22 billion...

Report: WhatsApp Founders Walked Away From $1.3B

'WSJ' has lengthy piece on Jan Koum and Brian Acton's exit from the company

(Newser) - Itching to take your job and shove it? What if doing so meant leaving $1.3 billion on the table? That's what the Wall Street Journal reports the founders of WhatsApp did in exiting Facebook prior to November. That's the month when their unvested shares would have fully...

He Took Billions From Facebook, Then Clashed With It

WhatsApp CEO sold company to Facebook in 2014, is now exiting over rumored friction

(Newser) - If you sold the company you co-founded for $19 billion in 2014, it makes sense that four years later you might decide to step down to focus on "collecting rare air-cooled Porsches, working on my cars, and playing ultimate frisbee," as Jan Koum wrote Monday on Facebook . But...

WhatsApp Photo Secures 'Groundbreaking' Conviction

British cops sent it to fingerprint lab

(Newser) - Fingerprinting is an "old-fashioned technique," says Dave Thomas of the South Wales police. Convicting a drug dealer on the basis of a partial fingerprint from a photo in a WhatsApp message, however, is groundbreaking stuff. The image of a hand holding ecstasy pills was the key evidence in...

Facebook Made Him Rich. Now He Says Delete the Site

Brian Acton is co-founder of WhatsApp, which Facebook bought for $19B

(Newser) - WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton made a fortune when the messaging app was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in 2014. Now he says it's time to dump the social media site. "It is time. #deletefacebook ," Acton tweeted Tuesday as the Cambridge Analytica data-mining scandal deepened. Acton remained...

BlackBerry to Facebook: You Stole Our Messaging Tech

Company sues social media giant, including its Instagram and WhatsApp subsidiaries

(Newser) - BlackBerry Limited has long been proud of its messaging app—so much so that it's now suing Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp subdivisions for ripping off key features. The Verge notes a "sprawling" 117-page complaint filed Tuesday for patent infringement, alleging that hallmark innovations of BlackBerry Messenger,...

UK Wants London Attacker's WhatsApp Message

Khalid Masood sent message just before beginning Wednesday attack

(Newser) - Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service, a top British security official said Sunday. British press reports suggest Masood used the messaging service just minutes before a rampage Wednesday that left three pedestrians and...

'Landmark' WhatsApp Move Renders Wiretaps Useless

It adds encryption

(Newser) - One of the world's most popular apps has just added strong end-to-end encryption, making the communications of 1 billion users off-limits to wiretaps and potentially setting up a US legal battle bigger than the Apple-FBI clash. WhatsApp has been steadily increasing encryption over the last 18 months and with...

MIA Mayor Accused of Running Town via WhatsApp

And of stealing $4M from school fund in one of Brazil's poorest states

(Newser) - While people in the Brazilian town of Bom Jardim were facing daily economic struggles and teachers stopped getting their paychecks, prosecutors say Mayor Lidiane Leite was partying it up in the Maranhao state capital—and running the town under her charge from 170 miles away via WhatsApp, the BBC reports....

Terror Suspect Took Selfie With Severed Head: Report

Sources: Yassin Salhi sent gruesome pic via WhatsApp to at least 1 person

(Newser) - A gruesome coda to an already gruesome story : French officials are reporting that Yassin Salhi, the suspect detained yesterday in the beheading of his boss at a gas plant, took a selfie with the victim's head and sent it to at least one recipient, reports the AFP . Two anonymous...

Facebook Wants to Deliver Internet From Drones

New lab aims to 'beam Internet from sky'

(Newser) - Facebook has followed up its leap into virtual reality with an ambitious plan to deliver the Internet around the world with drones, satellites, and lasers. "We've been working on ways to beam internet to people from the sky," Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post explaining the...

Facebook Drops $2B on Virtual Reality Pioneer

Oculus buy 'creeps out' game makers

(Newser) - Facebook has bought pioneering virtual-reality headset maker Oculus for $2 billion, and Mark Zuckerberg is pretty excited about it. The startup's immersive headset for video game developers has been a big hit, but Facebook appears ready to take virtual reality beyond gaming, Business Insider finds. "After games, we'...

Reeva Texted Pistorius: 'I'm Scared of You'

Couple's WhatsApp revealed in court today

(Newser) - Another neighbor testified at Oscar Pistorius' murder trial today, saying she heard "terrified, terrified screaming" that didn't sound as though it was emanating from an enclosed space, like a bathroom, the morning of Reeva Steenkamp's death, the Telegraph reports. But the most attention-grabbing part of today's...

The Internet's Workforce Is Faceless

We've forgotten that huge deals have a human toll: George Packer

(Newser) - Early 20th-century America had its factory workers; later decades had store employees. But today's Internet economy hides the faces of its workers, writes George Packer in the New Yorker . "Amazon’s workforce is made up mainly of computer engineers and warehouse workers, but when you think of Amazon...

What Is Facebook Thinking?
 What Is Facebook Thinking? 

What Is Facebook Thinking?

$19B purchase of WhatsApp raises all kinds of questions

(Newser) - Facebook just spent $19 billion —yes, that's billion, with a "b"—on a messaging app that's relatively unheralded for a service with 450 million users. Why? How? Are they crazy? Here's what people are saying:
  • The acquisition is all about teenagers, writes Cade Metz

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