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Snapchat is down: double-check your snaps

Snapchat is down: double-check your snaps

Since about 3PM Eastern Time today, the social network Snapchat has been down for the count for users across the United States. and in various places in Western Europe. This service appears knocked out for a wide variety of users though the official Snapchat Support Snapchat Status suggests "All systems normal." Don't panic - you're not alone. There's always the internet, and there ARE other social networks out there where you're going to be able to seek support. You're going to just have to stay strong.

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WhatsApp calling feature spotted on select Android devices

WhatsApp calling feature spotted on select Android devices

WhatsApp, owned by Facebook and one of the world's most popular mobile messaging platforms, has been working on a voice calling feature for some time now. The company first announced that they were working on the functionality early last year, and it is expected to make an official debut sometime this year, although exact timing remains unknown. However, a small handful of images were posted on Reddit this weekend that show a new WhatsApp voice calling interface running on an Android device.

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Secret co-founder leaves over app re-design

Secret co-founder leaves over app re-design

If you didn’t care for the Secret redesign, you’re not alone. We’re sure plenty of your friends have made similar remarks about the visual pop of text overlaid onto pics being better than the streaming posts. It’s entirely possible the mostly white interface is bland to some, or the lack of anything beyond what looks like an eReader screen dissuades many from using it. And hey, if you were so inclined to stop using Secret, that would be okay, too. In fact, Secret’s co-founder might be right there with you.

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Slack acquires startup to add voice, video chat to service

Slack acquires startup to add voice, video chat to service

Slack, the messaging platform that is slowly becoming a go-to for bothindividual and group chats, is getting much better today. Via an acquisition of startup Screenhero, Slack will soon have video and voice chat, as well as screen-sharing capabilities. According to Slack, it will “allow people working remotely to work as if they were in the same room, and people in the same room to work better than ever.” The acquisition and proposed integration of Screenhero into Slack’s service positions them in the same discussion as Skype or Hangouts.

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BlackBerry says Net Neutrality means they should get Apple apps

BlackBerry says Net Neutrality means they should get Apple apps

It's not that the CEO of BlackBerry, John Chen, doesn't know what Net Neutrality means. It's just that he - and the rest of the company - want it to mean something that also happens to be extremely beneficial to them. Chen suggests that Net Neutrality should include apps and services, and that this means that Apple should be lawfully obligated to release their iMessage app and service to all mobile operating systems, not just iOS - not just the iPhone, but BlackBerry devices too.

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WhatSim dedicates your smartphone solely to WhatsApp

WhatSim dedicates your smartphone solely to WhatsApp

What's up with WhatsApp these days? The popular, or sometimes unpopular, messaging service, now owned by Facebook, is back in the spotlight. First it is moving to shutdown third-party WhatsApp apps, for the sake of security and privacy of course, and then it revealed a so far Chrome-only web app. Though not exactly its doing, the announcement of this rather odd SIM card, called, what else, WhatSim, puts the service again on a pedestal, letting users worldwide chat to their hearts content.

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WhatsApp gives us another reason not to side-load apps

WhatsApp gives us another reason not to side-load apps

Those reports we see now and again about malware for Android always have a pretty strong narrative thread: don’t download apps outside of the Play Store. When you side-load apps, you open yourself up to all kinds of bad things, which is typically when malware takes hold. WhatsApp Plus, an app created for use as a WhatsApp client, has been an issue for users lately. WhatsApp has begun issuing 24-hour bans for users, but it’s not them — it’s their app.

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Alibaba developing DingTalk, social app for small-medium businesses

Alibaba developing DingTalk, social app for small-medium businesses

If Facebook and LinkedIn weren't enough, China's Alibaba is looking to dip its toe in the enterprise service waters, specifically with a social app for businesses. The world's largest e-commerce company is currently developing DingTalk, which at first sounds like another run-of-the mill messaging app for smartphones, but has specific features meant to appeal to enterprise users. In beta testing since December, DingChat will offer the standard group messaging, as well as conference calls, and the ability to connect with Alibaba's platforms that its customers already use.

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Snapchat charging top dollar for ad space

Snapchat charging top dollar for ad space

Snapchat has already given way to advertising, with the service letting loose their vanishing ads to unwitting users late last year. The ads show up under the ‘recents’ tab for both iOS and Android, with the obvious goal being clicks from users and returned revenue for Snapchat. Ads don’t just show up, though; they’re carefully seeded, with proprietary content often cajoled from an advertising partner. A new report suggests Snapchat is taking a hard-line stance on ad space, demanding — not asking — for $750,000 per run.

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UK Prime Minister to messaging services: backdoor or get out

UK Prime Minister to messaging services: backdoor or get out

In his bid for re-election, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is threatening to have popular messaging services banned in the country unless a requirement is met. These services, which can be used as a vehicle for any type of communication, legal or otherwise, must provide a backdoor for the government to use or face being banned from the country. It's not exactly a novel or shocking idea but its is probably the boldest and most outright support for such methods from a head of state.

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