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Facebook just got a €110m spanking over its WhatsApp deal

Facebook just got a €110m spanking over its WhatsApp deal

Facebook has been slapped with a 100 million Euro fine by the European Commission, after misleading an investigation into its acquisition of WhatsApp back in 2014. The fine comes after the EU deemed Facebook's staff as negligent in how it disclosed the company's abilities to automatically match Facebook and WhatsApp users. Still, it doesn't affect the EU's approval for the deal overall.

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WhatsApp is bringing back its text ‘Status’ feature

WhatsApp is bringing back its text ‘Status’ feature

Since its very beginning, WhatsApp featured a text-based ‘Status’ feature that allowed users to choose a status that their friends and other contacts could see. This feature persisted when messaging functionality was added to the app, but was stripped away late last month in favor of a Snapchat-like ‘reinvention’ of the feature — one that involved sharing videos and photos. Users, predictably, revolted.

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WhatApp’s revamped Status feature sure seems a lot like Snapchat Stories

WhatApp’s revamped Status feature sure seems a lot like Snapchat Stories

We're dealing with a bit of déjà vu today, as WhatsApp has decided to roll out a massive update to its years-old Status feature. Early adopters will remember that WhatsApp launched as an application for sharing your status with friends and family, which means this feature was in place before even messaging - now the main draw of WhatsApp - was introduced. Today's update to the Status feature is a revamp in every sense of the word, but you'd be forgiven if you find it instantly familiar.

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WhatsApp two-step verification arriving now for all users

WhatsApp two-step verification arriving now for all users

Your WhatsApp account is about to get a lot more secure, thanks to the roll out of two-step verfication. The security feature has been going through a testing phase with select users on iOS and Android, but now the folks behind WhatsApp have decided to roll it out to all users. It's arriving as part of the latest update, but there are a few steps you need to follow in order to make sure it's activated on your account.

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WhatsApp for iOS updated with offline messages queue

WhatsApp for iOS updated with offline messages queue

WhatsApp has released an update for its iOS app, bringing it up to version 2.17.1. The update brings a few changes to the iOS messaging app, perhaps the most notable being the new queue for offline messages. When WhatsApp users on iPhone don’t have an Internet connection, they can still send messages, which will be added to a messaging queue and sent to the recipient the next time the handset has a connection.

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WhatsApp Enterprise references found in beta apps

WhatsApp Enterprise references found in beta apps

We’ve known for a while now that WhatsApp has plans for businesses, and now references to those plans may have been found in the messaging app’s latest beta release for mobile devices. According to @WABetaInfo, references to "Enterprise" have been found in the newest Android, iOS, and Windows Phone versions of the beta app, as well as some changes to how messages are handled.

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WhatsApp drops support for some phones, but gives BlackBerry an extension

WhatsApp drops support for some phones, but gives BlackBerry an extension

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps available, and so there are likely going to be some users disappointed today: the app is dropping support for older phone platforms. This isn't a surprise, as the company gave a fair warning in the recent past that this day was coming. It's not all bad news, though -- WhatsApp has also announced an extension for certain devices.

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WhatsApp update: how to edit and delete messages

WhatsApp update: how to edit and delete messages

This week the folks at WhatsApp have updated their app to include the ability to edit and delete messages with one big caveat. If the messages have been read, they'll no longer be able to be edited or deleted. This update will be available for download soon- we'll be including the link to the download as soon as it becomes available in the post you're reading right this minute.

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WhatsApp video calling coming soon

WhatsApp video calling coming soon

WhatsApp has been around for a while and the company has been good about bringing out features that its user base is clamoring for. One of the big features that WhatsApp users have been requesting for a long time is the ability to make video calls within the app. WhatsApp has announced that after lots of requests it is bringing video calling to the mix.

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WhatsApp beta gets two-step verification option

WhatsApp beta gets two-step verification option

WhatsApp has finally added two-step verification as an account security option, but it appears to only be available in some of the beta versions of the app presently. As expected, the feature can be found in the Account menu under “Security.” Enabling it will require a 6-digit passcode to be entered before registering your phone number with WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp ‘Status’ feature tipped as a Snapchat clone

WhatsApp ‘Status’ feature tipped as a Snapchat clone

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature called 'Status' that works in much the same way as Snapchat. The feature was discovered in the most recent public beta version of WhatsApp for both iOS and Android. With it, users can post status updates in the form of photos and videos and share them with friends. The status updates expire and disappear after 24 hours, and can include things like text and doodles.

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Facebook and Yahoo data collection draw ire of European Union

Facebook and Yahoo data collection draw ire of European Union

Facebook's decision to begin collecting data from WhatsApp users has already drawn a negative reaction in Germany, but now the entire European Union is getting in on the action. Today, the European Commission's Article 29 Working Party has told Facebook to stop collecting that data as it carries out an investigation into these new policies.

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