Facebook is taking a second shot at sniping Snapchat, reportedly readying a new short video messaging app despite only killing its Poke app earlier this month. Facebook "Slingshot" is the result - potentially to be renamed before release - of several months of internal handiwork, it's said, and follow a Snapchat-style model of ephemeral messaging.
Snapchat, the messaging service promising disappearing messages, has settled a complaint with the FTC. The complaint involved several inconsistencies the FCC said were occurring within Snapchat’s service, running the gamut from the message service itself to the nature of information gathering Snapchat said it wasn’t doing. The settlement closes a chapter in the Snapchat saga, but opens up a can of worms.
Snapchat has updated its ephemeral photo and video sharing app with instant messaging, with the new Chat feature also including live video streaming support. The new iOS and Android app also indicates presence, so you know when your friends are paying attention to the smutty photos and clips you're sending them, but the chat itself has the same short lifespan as multimedia does.
Snapchat, the popular disappearing-messages service that suffered some big bumps in the road over the last few months, has hired former Google engineer Peter Magnusson, The Wall Street Journal reports. This is the latest in a spat of relatively recent hires, and hints at the company's efforts to increase its worker numbers and improve its service.
If you are an avid user of the app Snapchat, you are familiar with hacks and other issue that make the app not so secure. One of the big issues in the past were hacks that allowed people to save the pictures that you sent them indefinitely. If it was something mundane like a shot of your lunch, perhaps not such a big deal. If it was a racy photo of something else, saving it could be a big deal indeed.
Snapchat has had a rough few months, what with the massive scraping of its users' information and such. The latest headache for the company comes in the form of a vulnerability to iPhone users in particular, which can allow someone to be targeted with a denial-of-service attack, temporarily disabling one's iPhone.
Following security warnings and the eventual massive leaking of Snapchat usernames and numbers, the disappearing-messages service has been experiencing a glut of spam, something users have been reporting in great enough numbers to prompt a blog post update today. Says the company, the onslaught of unwanted messages isn't likely the result of its Find Friends debacle, and that the issue is being worked on.
Snapchat, the photo messaging service, suffered a major security breach in recent times, something it was given an ample heads-up for, yet did nothing to mitigate. After the account details were leaked, no apology was forthcoming and an update was promised. Such an update has arrived, and with it a brief we're sorry.
Snapchat has finally responded to the ongoing hack controversy that saw usernames and matching phone numbers of over four million users leaked in recent days, promising an updated version of the app to address privacy concerns. The new Snapchat will allow users to opt out of appearing in the "Find Friends" feature which worked as the gateway to the exploit, Snapchat said today, with other protections like rate limiting for how many numbers can be compared with accounts also improved.