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WhatsApp Hits 500 Million Users, 700 Million Photos Shared Daily

WhatsApp Hits 500 Million Users, 700 Million Photos Shared Daily

By Josh Wolford April 22, 2014

Messaging app WhatsApp has just announced a huge milestone–they’ve topped half a billion “regular, active” users. And those users are sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every day. “Thanks to all of you, half a billion …

Facebook Tests Messenger Update For Android Facebook Tests Messenger Update For Android

Facebook just announced that it’s testing a new update to Messenger on Android, designed to make it faster and more reliable for mobile-to-mobile messaging. The update includes the ability to see which friends are using the app, the ability to …

Twitter Reportedly Rethinking Private Messaging Twitter Reportedly Rethinking Private Messaging

Twitter is reportedly considering expanding its private messaging offerings. Earlier this week, the company started rolling out a new feature that lets users receive direct messages from users they don’t follow. Historically, the feature has only worked when a user …

Twitter Lets You Get DMs from Anybody, If You Want Twitter Lets You Get DMs from Anybody, If You Want

On occasion, you need to communicate with someone on Twitter and you don’t want everyone to see it. That’s fair – maybe you’re complaining about an embarrassing product that you bought. Maybe you’re a Congressman and you want to send …

Your Unopened Snapchats Are Being Given to Police Your Unopened Snapchats Are Being Given to Police
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If you’re unaware that pretty much everything you do online is probably being tracked by someone, and all of the companies that house the content that you upload, post, tweet, and send on a daily basis routinely give it up …

Samsung's ChatON Messaging App Hits 100M Users Samsung's ChatON Messaging App Hits 100M Users
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Samsung today announced that 100 million smartphone users are now also using its ChatON messaging app. The app had hit 50 million users just this past May after having launched in 2011. The news comes as mobile messaging apps such …

Beast, Zuck's Dog, Gets His Own Stickers on Facebook Beast, Zuck's Dog, Gets His Own Stickers on Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg’s Puli (a type of Hungarian Sheepdog) has to be one of the most popular dogs in the world – at least one of the most “liked.” Back in 2011, Beast Zuckerberg got his own Facebook page (in clear …

Snapchat Launches Kid-Friendly Version 'SnapKidz' Snapchat Launches Kid-Friendly Version 'SnapKidz'
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Ephemeral messaging app Snapchat is unveiling a new version of its service designed for all the youngsters out there – those under the age of 13. It’s called “SnapKidz,” and it comes along with a new iOS update. Basically, it …

Facebook Adds Quick Like Reply to Mobile Messages Facebook Adds Quick Like Reply to Mobile Messages
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It’s a small update, but an interesting one. Facebook has added a new like button reply option inside mobile messaging that lets you confirm, like, agree with, basically give a generic positive affirmation to any message with one tap. The …

Facebook Working on App for Secret Agents & Sexters Facebook Working on App for Secret Agents & Sexters
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This message will self-destruct in 3, 2, 1… Facebook is making another move to assert itself into the private messaging space, as the company is reportedly working on a standalone app that takes its cues from another popular messaging app …

iPhone App That Could Save Careers iPhone App That Could Save Careers

There is no shortage of apps and add-ons to iPhones that are huge helps to people. Within apps alone, you can do your banking, queue up (or watch) Netflix choices, edit HD photos, learn to play guitar, or buy anything …

Will Music Marketing Be Hurt By Facebook Messaging?

 Yesterday, Facebook announced their own "modern messaging system" that combines email, text messaging, and instant messages into a single stream that founder Mark Zuckerberg says goes well "beyond email".  The new service, which will debut Monday with an iPhone app and roll out over the next few months, mimics the behavior of teens who are already abandoning conventional email to converse across multiple platforms in s

MySpace Comes to Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger
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MySpace has announced integration with Windows Live Messenger and Hotmail. The beta integration is rolling out to mutual users of the two services starting today.

"By integrating core features of both platforms, users will be able to discover what their friends are doing online through photos and the activity stream across social networks," says MySpace’s Manu Rekhi.

Yahoo and Nokia Team Up on Mobile Messaging, Maps
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Yahoo and Nokia officially announced a partnership, which has been expected for several days.

The two companies, which have collaborated for five years,  will provide consumers with e-mail, instant messaging and maps and navigation services. Specifically under the partnership:

Opera Acquires Email Service Provider FastMail

Opera announced today it has acquired web-based email provider FastMail.fm. Opera’s offered its own email client since 2000, and now it will use FastMail to expand its own messaging product across various devices from mobile to TVs and gaming consoles.

Watch Videos in Your Gmail Chat
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Google has added a new feature to Gmail, which allows users to watch videos within their chat windows. This eliminates the need to leave your Gmail window when someone sends you one.

Text Messaging Right From Gmail
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Gmail has introduced a new Labs feature that allows users to send SMS text messaages to their contacts directly from Gmail. This will help stay in touch with people you have been chatting with in Gmail if they are away from their computer.

To utilize this feature:

1. Click on Settings
2. Got to the Labs tab
3. Scroll down until you see "Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat"
4. Select Enable
5. Save Changes