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Messaging app Signal using PINs to move data across devices

May 21, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Signal's new PIN system will allow it 'to support future functionality while still protecting user privacy'

Facts about NSO Group, the Israeli firm accused of cyber espionage

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:40 AM

NSO Group produces Pegasus, a highly invasive tool that can reportedly switch on a target's cell phone camera and microphone and access data on it, effectively turning the phone into a pocket spy

WhatsApp sues Israeli firm NSO over cyber espionage

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The suit filed in a California federal court contends that NSO Group tried to infect approximately 1,400 "target devices" with malicious software to steal valuable information from those using the messaging app

BBM's consumer version to close on May 31

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:58 PM

Blackberry says the technology industry 'is very fluid, and, in spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on'

BBM SAYS GOODBYE. The consumer service will close on May 31. Image from BBM.

Facebook Messenger ads to expand worldwide

Jul 12, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Businesses around the world can now use Facebook targeting to extend their reach to people in Messenger

MESSENGER ADS. The advertisement beta program is expanding worldwide. Image from Facebook.

WhatsApp suffers outage

Apr 19, 2017 - 8:17 PM

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

WhatsApp to share user data with Facebook

Aug 26, 2016 - 12:14 AM

Facebook says the change would allow the company to target advertising at WhatsApp users who are also on the social media platform and help WhatsApp fight spam on its service

DATA SHARING. The two logos of Facebook (L) and Whatsapp pictured on the screen of a smartphone in Sieversdorf, Germany, February 19, 2014. File Photo by Patrick Pleul/EPA

PH rice farmers use SMS service to improve yield

Jun 08, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The top queries that the service receives are on seed quality and varietal information pest management seed availability and nutrient management

RCBC: SWIFT messages from Bangladesh Bank 'vague,' 'not urgent'

Apr 12, 2016 - 1:46 PM

UPDATED The requests from the Bank of Bangladesh were not priority Some were even vague RCBC s Maria Cecilia Estavillo says

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SWIFT on $81M bank heist: Our system wasn't breached

Apr 07, 2016 - 4:55 PM

A SWIFT official says it is the responsibility of member banks to ensure there is nothing wrong in their payment transactions

NO LIABILITIES. SWIFT says it is not liable for the $81-million financial crime involving Bangladesh Bank and the Philippine financial system. Image from Wikipedia

SWIFT system and the $81-M money laundering issue

Apr 03, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Behind many international money transfers is the SWIFT system — a messaging network used by banks and other financial institutions to securely and quickly send money transfer instructions

MT 103. A SWIFT code orders an inward remittance of $81 million to the Philippines from Bangladesh Bank

Snapchat ramps up messaging service with Chat 2.0

Mar 30, 2016 - 2:15 PM

Chat 2 0 offers better video chat with new features like audio notes and stickers

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 2, 2014 shows the logo of mobile app "Snapchat" is displayed on a tablet in Paris. Snapchat is dressing up its messaging with an upgraded video chat and animations, part of the social network's efforts to be the preferred service for young users. "We're excited to introduce Chat 2.0," the California startup announced on its blog March 29, 2016.  / AFP / LIONEL BONAVENTURE

Facebook brings Messenger to web browsers

Apr 09, 2015 - 3:14 PM

The arrival of Messenger as a web based application lets users chat with Facebook without the distraction of Facebook itself in front of them

MESSENGER ON THE WEB. Screen shot from

WhatsApp? Service down 3 days after Facebook deal

Feb 23, 2014 - 4:59 PM

WhatsApp s 450 million worldwide users were unable to access the service for hours

FACEBOOK, THAT'S WHAT'S UP. Social networking giant Facebook buys WhatsApp for a cool $16 billion. Screen shot from Whatsapp video