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Topic: WhatsApp

Changes in iOS 13 may force major redesign of VoIP apps

08/06/2019, 03:08 pm

Major messaging app services that offer calls, such as Facebook's Messenger and WhatsApp, will have to make major changes to their code base to work properly in iOS 13, a report claims, due to fears from Apple that existing methods used by the apps could be used for data collection purposes.

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Apple condemns British spy agency group's proposal to evade message encryption

05/30/2019, 08:05 am

Apple, Google, Microsoft and WhatsApp have co-signed an open letter urging the UK government to abandon what's being called a "ghost protocol" to allow intelligence services to read encrypted messages.

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No, Bloomberg, end-to-end encryption isn't a worthless 'marketing device'

05/15/2019, 12:05 pm

Seriously, Bloomberg used to be a respected publication. However, its latest opinion column on technology has taken the recent WhatsApp security flaw to mean that all security, specifically end-to-end encryption is a "smokescreen" by technology companies.

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Facebook launches redesigned iOS app, promises Messenger for macOS & more

04/30/2019, 02:04 pm

Facebook announced a bevy of changes during its F8 conference keynote on Tuesday, among them a redesigned iOS app and Messenger for macOS.

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WhatsApp extends the 'delete for everyone' feature from 7 minutes to over an hour

03/12/2018, 09:03 am

WhatsApp has silently rolled out a message deletion feature modification in the latest beta, extending the previous deletion window of seven minutes to a bit over an hour to erase messages either sent in error, or only intended to be displayed for a limited period of time.

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BlackBerry sues Facebook over alleged messaging patent infringement

03/06/2018, 04:03 pm

BlackBerry on Tuesday launched a lawsuit against Facebook, arguing that services like WhatsApp and Instagram deliberately copy features from BlackBerry Messenger, one of the draws of BlackBerry's once-dominant smartphones.

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Apple cracks down on unsanctioned use of its emoji designs in third-party apps

02/07/2018, 10:02 am

Apple appears to be taking a harder stance against developers using its custom emoji font, known as Apple Color Emoji, even in the case of apps that have been using the art for years.

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Popular iPhone messaging app WhatsApp newly crippled by China's 'Great Firewall'

07/18/2017, 10:07 am

Facebook's last remaining tentpole product in China -- WhatsApp -- has reportedly been severely crippled by changes to China's internet filters, often known as the "Great Firewall."

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EU levels $122M fine against Facebook for misleading info during WhatsApp takeover

05/18/2017, 09:05 am

The European Union has fined Facebook 110 million euros -- about $122 million -- for providing "misleading information" during a 2014 review of its WhatsApp acquisition, which raised concerns about data sharing between the two services.

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WhatsApp encrypting iCloud backups of chat logs, but may be vulnerable

05/09/2017, 09:05 am

Facebook-owned WhatsApp quietly began encrypting iCloud backups of chat logs in late 2016, a report revealed this week -- though that protection may now be compromised.

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How to enable two-step verification in WhatsApp for Apple's iPhone

02/10/2017, 11:02 am

Following a months-long testing period, Facebook's WhatsApp has enabled two-step account verification as extra security for all users of its mobile messaging app. Here's how to enable the feature on your iPhone.

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WhatsApp backdoor defeats end-to-end encryption, potentially allows Facebook to read messages [u]

01/13/2017, 12:01 pm

The security of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging service may not be as strong as previously believed, with a reported discovery of a backdoor that potentially allows Facebook see the contents of encrypted messages [updated with statement from WhatsApp].

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WhatsApp says it will share some data with Facebook for ads & other purposes

08/25/2016, 01:08 pm

Messaging service WhatsApp on Thursday updated its user terms and privacy policy, revealing that it will start sharing phone numbers and some analytics data with its parent company, Facebook.

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French & German interior ministers call on EU to enable access to encrypted data

08/24/2016, 11:08 am

In a joint press conference in Paris on Tuesday, the interior ministers of France and Germany called on the European Commission to enact laws that would give countries on-demand access to encrypted communications under some circumstances.

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Secure WhatsApp found to not be completely eradicating chat transcripts

07/29/2016, 11:07 am

The end-to-end encrypted WhatsApp service is leaving traces of previously deleted chats behind in device storage, making forensic retrieval possible through physical device access or a warrant served on Apple for an iCloud backup.

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Brazilian Supreme Court overturns WhatsApp ban within hours

07/20/2016, 09:07 am

Just hours after it was issued, a ban on WhatsApp in Brazil was reportedly overturned by the country's Supreme Court, which argued that the measure may not have been reasonable or proportionate.

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Brazilian judge orders indefinite block of WhatsApp, affecting millions of users

07/19/2016, 01:07 pm

A Brazilian judge on Tuesday ordered the country's five cellular carriers to block access to Facebook's WhatsApp indefinitely, disrupting access to the popular chat/VoIP app for tens of millions of people.

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Brazilian court freezes $6M in Facebook funds in fight over WhatsApp encryption

07/01/2016, 10:07 am

Over $6 million in Facebook's Brazilian bank accounts has been reportedly frozen, following a fresh court order in disputes over encrypted WhatsApp conversations.

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Judge overturns Brazilian WhatsApp shutdown in continuing fight over encrypted data

05/03/2016, 04:05 pm

On Tuesday a Brazilian judge lifted a temporary block on Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger, imposed yesterday by another judge in a fight over chat data demanded in a drug trafficking case.

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Brazilian judge orders WhatsApp blocked for 72 hours over encryption row

05/02/2016, 03:05 pm

As of Monday afternoon, WhatsApp Messenger will be blocked in Brazil for 72 hours over a dispute about access to encrypted data, according to reports.

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