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Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People (WIRED)

FOR MOST OF the past six weeks, the biggest story out of Silicon Valley was Apple’s battle with the FBI over a federal order to unlock the iPhone of a mass shooter. The company’s refusal touched off a searing debate over privacy and security in the digital age. But this morning, at a small office in Mountain View, California, three guys made the scope of that enormous debate look kinda small…

Source: Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People | WIRED

Wow! WhatsApp has passed the 1 Billion Active User Threshold. Which Telco has 1 Billion users… anyone? (André Cramer)

Congratulations and kudos to the WhatsApp team for achieving this remarkable milestone. The first messaging app/platform which has not been started by one of the internet giants but was born as a true startup.

I am stressing this despite no other messaging service, no matter if startup or bred by an existing tech giant, ever having reached this mark. Facebook Messenger, so to say the sibling service under the roof of Facebook, is closely behind WhatsApp, but then it had all the help and pushing power of the core Facebook service. The most significant support was certainly the forced de-coupling of core Facebook and Messenger and the need to install the dedicated app to continue using chat and messaging in the Facebook mobile experience. Continue reading “Wow! WhatsApp has passed the 1 Billion Active User Threshold. Which Telco has 1 Billion users… anyone? (André Cramer)”

Impressive Q4/15 Reporting: Facebook Climbs To 1.59 Billion Users And Crushes Q4 Estimates With $5.8B Revenue. User Count for Core FB, WhatsApp, Instagram exploding (TechCrunch)

By courting users and ad dollars in the developing world, Facebook continued its growth streak. It hit 1.59 billion users today and crushed the street’s estimates in its Q4 2015 earnings with…

Source: Facebook Climbs To 1.59 Billion Users And Crushes Q4 Estimates With $5.8B Revenue | TechCrunch

WhatsApp’s official Opening-Up to a B2C Ecosystem is the logical next Step (André Cramer)

Facebook will remove the WhatsApp annual charge and introduce B2C features for brands to interact with their gigantic user base. This will make life more challenging for those service providers that have been exploiting loopholes and ambiguous terms & conditions to provide brands with communications channels to WhatsApp subscribers.

So now it’s official. The first significant news and updates from Facebook regarding the future of WhatsApp after the acquisition have been announced last week. WhatsApp will start removing its annual charge ($1 or local equivalent) across the different versions of its app. They also stress that in return for removing the annual charge there will be no introduction of 3rd party ads. Instead they open up their ecosystem and officially introduce business-to-consumer use cases. Continue reading “WhatsApp’s official Opening-Up to a B2C Ecosystem is the logical next Step (André Cramer)”

Extension of Business Model to official B2C Features: WhatsApp Ditches $1 Annual Fee, Tests Business Accounts But No Ads, Says CEO (TechCrunch)

Today at the DLD conference in Munich, Germany, the CEO of Facebook-owned WhatsApp made a couple of big announcements about how the messaging app plans to evolve to its next phase as it…

Source: WhatsApp Ditches $1 Annual Fee, Tests Business Accounts But No Ads, Says CEO | TechCrunch

Update on Messaging Monetization – FB stressing they don’t hamper growth, Monetization will come later (Business Insider)

Facebook just shut down the idea that because WhatsApp is nearing 1 billion users, the money-jets will soon start flowing.

Source: Facebook not focusing on Messenger and WhatsApp monetization – Business Insider

Great Background Story on WhatsApp B2C ‘gray market’ in Germany:  WhatsApp-Service InstaNews: Kampf mit unsauberen Mitteln? (BasicThinking, German)

Im Markt der WhatsApp-Services kracht es aktuell gewaltig. Im Fokus: WhatsService, InstaNews, WhatsBroadcast und Whappodo. Es geht um Tausende Kundendaten, um Handynummern, um Leser – und um viel Geld. Denn diese vier Anbieter haben frühzeitig erkannt…

Source: WhatsApp-Service InstaNews: Kampf mit unsauberen Mitteln?

Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp dominate (Business Insider)

Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp continue to dominate

Source: Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp dominate – Business Insider

Why WhatsApp Only Needs 50 Engineers for Its 900M Users (WIRED)

One of the (many) intriguing parts of the WhatsApp story is that it has achieved such enormous scale with such a tiny team…

Source: Why WhatsApp Only Needs 50 Engineers for Its 900M Users | WIRED

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