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Facebook launches Messenger Kids in 70 countries

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:45 PM

First launched in the US in December 2017, the kid-friendly version of Messenger expands to 70 countries

MESSENGER KIDS. Photo from Facebook

WhatsApp debuts dark mode on Android, iOS with new video

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:28 PM

In a promotional video, WhatsApp shows off just how jarring a lack of dark mode can be

DARK MODE. WhatsApp showcases Dark Mode. Image from WhatsApp.

Popular Mideast app ToTok pulled after report it was spying tool

Dec 24, 2019 - 5:28 AM

Apple and Google remove the app from their online marketplaces following a report about how the app allowed the United Arab Emirates government to track the conversations, movements, and other details of users

TOTOK. Photo from Totok official website

EU to relaunch push to regulate WhatsApp, Skype on privacy

Dec 04, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Under the existing EU rules that date back to 2002, strict privacy protection is only applied to text messages and voice calls provided by traditional telecoms, sparing tech giants Facebook, Google and Skype from the same oversight

New Threads app expands Instagram’s ‘Close Friends’ feature

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Available now, the Threads messaging app lets users interact more conveniently with the people on their Instagram 'Close Friends' list

THREADS. Photo from Facebook

WhatsApp 'will never be secure' – Russian rival

May 16, 2019 - 8:16 PM

'WhatsApp has a consistent history – from zero encryption at its inception to a succession of security issues strangely suitable for surveillance purposes,' Telegram founder Pavel Durov writes in a blog post

SLAMMING WHATSAPP. Pavel Durov, CEO and co-founder of Telegram speaks onstage during day one of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 on September 21, 2015 File photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch/AFP

Workplace messaging startup Slack to go public

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Slack, which claims some 10 million users in 150 countries, has been valued at $7.1 billion, as reported in August 2018 after a round of funding

WhatsApp limits message forwarding to fight 'fake news'

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:56 PM

WhatsApp says its latest move to extend the restrictions to all users came after a 6-month review of user feedback

Child porn thriving in WhatsApp due to insufficient moderation

Dec 22, 2018 - 4:21 PM

With 1.5 billion users and just 300 employees, WhatsApp has seen child porn slip through its content moderation systems

WHATSAPP. Photo from Shutterstock

Malware found in Telegram 'alternative' – cybersecurity firm

Oct 23, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Once installed, the Octopus malware allows attackers to have remote access to a victim's device

WhatsApp limits forwarding in India after lynchings

Jul 20, 2018 - 6:11 PM

WhatsApp says it will test limiting the ability to forward messages and cap at 5 the number of contacts or groups that messages can be forwarded to.

WHATSAPP. This photo illustration shows an Indian newspaper vendor reading a newspaper with a full back page advertisement from WhatsApp intended to counter fake information, in New Delhi on July 10, 2018. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Human Rights Watch slams Iran's Telegram ban as 'unjustifiable'

May 02, 2018 - 7:32 PM

HRW says the court's decision is 'just another stain on Iranian authorities' already dismal record on freedom of expression'

Rihanna hits Snapchat over beating ad, sending shares tumbling

Mar 16, 2018 - 10:13 AM

The commercial shows Rihanna and fellow pop star Chris Brown, and asks Snapchat users whether they would rather 'slap Rihanna' or 'punch Chris Brown'

SNAPCHAT. In this file photo taken on February 2, 2018, Rihanna attends the conference 'GPE Financing Conference, an Investment in the Future' organized by the Global Partnership for Education in Dakar, as part of Macron's visit to Senegal. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

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Mar 08, 2018 - 9:53 PM

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BlackBerry sues Facebook over messaging apps

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:56 AM

'We have a lot of respect for Facebook and the value they've placed on messaging capabilities, some of which were invented by BlackBerry,' says BlackBerry spokeswoman Sarah McKinney

Snapchat loses $1.3 billion in value after Kylie Jenner tweet

Feb 23, 2018 - 1:53 PM

The social network takes a huge hit as the American celebrity tweets that she no longer uses the service

BIG DRAW. Kylie Jenner's departure from Snapchat causes huge negative impact on social network's valuation. Screengrab from Instagram/kyliecosmetics

Child pornography led Apple to pull Telegram apps from store last week

Feb 06, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Apple reinstates Telegram and Telegram X only after new safeguards were put in place and the offending content and users taken off the messaging service

WhatsApp ending BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone support

Dec 27, 2017 - 10:51 AM

While users of BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone 8.0 can still use WhatsApp, some features may stop working, and users will be unable to make new accounts or reverify their accounts on the operating systems mentioned

Japan tests app for helping pregnant women find train seats

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Pregnant can send a message to the app when she wants a seat, which will then look for pre-registered users who have said they are willing to give up theirs

Instagram launches standalone messaging app in select test markets

Dec 08, 2017 - 3:44 PM

The move may be similar to Facebook spinning off Messenger into its own app

DIRECT. The interface of the new messaging app is similar to that of Instagram Stories

WhatsApp suffers outage

Apr 19, 2017 - 8:17 PM

The messaging service has yet to advise on the downtime it is having

'Secret Chats' now live on Viber

Mar 16, 2017 - 4:39 PM

The Philippines second most popular messaging app incorporates a feature pioneered by Snapchat

SECRET CHAT. Viber rolls out vanishing messages on its platform.

Slack to introduce video calls

Dec 14, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Slack users will soon be able to tap a camera button within the voice call window to enable video calls on the service

VIDEO CALLS ON SLACK. Slack is set to introduce the new feature in the coming days. Screen shot from Slack blog.

Facebook brings mobile games to Messenger

Nov 30, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Classic games like Pac Man and Space Invaders make their debut on Facebook s messaging app

Google's bid for smarter messaging hits market

Sep 21, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Allo s smart capabilities aim to make it easier to respond to messages and over time adjusts to users own style Google says in an official blog

ALLO! Google's new messaging app is out. Screen shot from YouTube.

Snapchat "Yellow Face" lens slapped as offensive

Aug 11, 2016 - 10:19 AM

The filter put slanted eyes wide cheeks and toothy grins on faces

FILTER TROUBLES. The messaging app is hit with questions on racial insensitivity after releasing a lens that play on Asian stereotypes. Photos from Twitter users @limb_light @engravedhearts @TansuPhilip

Teen arrested for allegedly spreading terrorist propaganda with messaging app

Aug 09, 2016 - 9:30 PM

A source says the teenager was charged with criminal conspiracy with terrorists and provocation to committing terrorist acts using online communication

TOO EASY? In the wrong hands, even consumer technology can be mobilized as a weapon.

Too busy to text: Messaging app Line bets on stickers

Jul 14, 2016 - 6:41 PM

Japan based Line is betting on those stickers as it kicks off a dual New York Tokyo stock listing from Thursday July 14 after an initial public offering worth about 1 3 billion expected to be one of the year s biggest share sales

LINE. This photo taken on July 12, 2016 shows Line charactors at the entrance of the Line Friends shop in Tokyo's Harajuku district. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Messaging app Line set for year's top tech IPO

Jul 11, 2016 - 2:24 PM

Based on a 3 300 yen 32 share price the initial public offering will raise 115 5 billion yen 1 14 billion through the sale of 35 million shares

LINE IPO. A man walks past Line Corp. company logo at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, June 10, 2016. Photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

A eulogy for the old Yahoo! Messenger

Jun 16, 2016 - 4:57 PM

In memory of our old slightly forgotten soon to be retired friend Yahoo Messenger here are a few of its features that have endeared it to thousands if not millions of Filipinos like me

Messaging app Line to list in Tokyo, New York

Jun 10, 2016 - 4:10 PM

Line which is owned by South Korean Internet provider Naver Corp says it expects to list its shares on July 14 in New York and July 15 in Tokyo

LINE. A man walks past Line Corp. charecter mascotts at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, June 10, 2016. Photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Snapchat seen surging past Twitter, Pinterest in US

Jun 09, 2016 - 3:45 PM

An eMarketer forecast says the number of people using Snapchat in the US will increase to 58 6 million in 2016

Iran demands social media hand over data on its citizens

May 29, 2016 - 9:15 PM

The measure will affect instant messaging app Telegram which has over 20 million users in Iran

epa04614056 Iranian students waves Iran's national flag during a ceremony marking the 36th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, at the Azadi (Freedom) square in Tehran, Iran, 11 February 2015. The event mark the 35th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, which came ten days after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's return from his exile in Paris to Iran, toppling the monarchy system and forming the Islamic republic. EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

Google reveals messaging app Allo and video calling app Duo

May 19, 2016 - 2:36 AM

The Allo messaging app and Duo video calling app are set to launch in the summer

ALLO AND DUO. Screen shot from Livestream

Viber 6.0 adds end-to-end encryption, hidden chats

Apr 19, 2016 - 7:58 PM

Users of Viber 6 0 and higher will automatically be protected by end to end encryption

ENCRYPTED COMMUNICATIONS. Viber gets end-to-end encryption in Viber 6.0. Image from Viber

Indonesia bans 'gay' emojis on messaging apps

Feb 12, 2016 - 3:55 PM

The government threatened messaging apps with gay emojis could be banned from Indonesia

GAY EMOJIS. Indonesia bans emojis of same-sex genders holding hands, such as those on the 3rd column from the right. Screenshot from Whatsapp

Anonymous messaging app stirs controversy in Israel

Jan 22, 2016 - 5:02 PM

The Blindspot app allows users to send anonymous messages photos and videos to their contacts without the receiver being able to trace it

Facebook Messenger app grows to more than 800M users

Jan 08, 2016 - 2:14 AM

Plans for this year include doing more to enable businesses and services to connect with people using Messenger according to Facebook

Lightweight version of LINE launched in 11 countries

Jul 23, 2015 - 6:07 PM

This new app LINE Lite uses less storage space and data than LINE but also comes with just the core features LINE users love

LINE LITE. Image from Line.

Be careful who you chat: tips on using messaging apps

Mar 25, 2015 - 8:05 AM

Internet freedom advocates offer advice on how to protect privacy and security when using chat apps like Line WeChat and Kakao Talk

'KNOW RISKS.' Internet freedom advocates say chat app users must know privacy and security risks that come with the messaging craze. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

WhatsApp adds messaging from Web

Jan 22, 2015 - 1:16 PM

Whatsapp s new web client acts as an extension of your phone s conversations allowing you to chat using your Whatsapp account on a Chrome browser

WHATSAPP. Background image from Whatsapp Web client

Meet Moody! Rappler launches stickers on LINE

Dec 23, 2014 - 1:11 PM

Want LINE stuffed toys? 30 lucky followers of Rappler on LINE from Metro Manila can take one each

Facebook Messenger reaches 500 million users

Nov 11, 2014 - 3:06 PM

Facebook marks an exciting milestone with over 500 million people now using Facebook s Messenger application

MESSENGER. Screen shot from Facebook.

Viber update brings video calls to iOS, Android

Sep 11, 2014 - 6:46 PM

The mobile update – Viber 5 0 – enables video calling on the Android and iOS versions of Viber as well as on updated Windows and OS X versions of the app

VIBER. Viber gets video calls. Image from Viber.

LINE urges password changes as Japan police probe hacking

Jun 19, 2014 - 1:05 PM

At least 303 cases of unauthorized access were confirmed between late May and June 14 including three that involved cash trades resulting in financial loss

Line closes in on WhatsApp, reaches 400 million users

Apr 02, 2014 - 10:28 PM

Growing by 100M users over the last 4 months the world’s fastest growing messaging and social networking app Line is hot on the heels of WhatsApp

Facebook for Windows Phone coming soon

Feb 25, 2014 - 9:08 PM

Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone is on its way Microsoft promises more great apps coming soon

LINE sticker campaign raises P24M for Yolanda victims

Dec 19, 2013 - 6:57 PM

The multi platform messaging app s sticker pack will be sold until December 31 In PH those who want to donate can purchase LINE dolls at Family Mart

BlackBerry Messenger resumes rollout

Oct 23, 2013 - 7:22 AM

After resolving some issues BlackBerry resumes the release of its messaging app

GET YOUR BBM. BlackBerry Messenger can now be downloaded again on iOS and Android devices. Screen shot from Blackberry

Line app aims for 20-M users in Taiwan

Jun 10, 2013 - 7:57 PM

Line aims for more users in Taiwan a top tier market for the app

HOLDING THE LINE. The Line app wants to grow by increasing its Taiwanese adoption to cover nearly everyone. File Photo from Victor Barreiro Jr