Facebook to acquire WhatsApp for $16 billion
BlackBerry Apps | 337 Comments Facebook to acquire WhatsApp for $16 billion If you're a WhatsApp user, you may be interested in knowing that Facebook has now entered into agreements to purchase WhatsApp for a reported $16 billion. According to documents filed with SEC, the financial details will break down like this, $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth...

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Nov 11, 2014 WhatsApp updated in the Beta Zone - Improved location sharing, contact info screens and more!
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WhatsApp updated in the BlackBerry Beta Zone

If you're a WhatsApp user and like helping out with the beta releases from the BlackBerry Beta Zone, a new version has now arrived. Coming up as v2.11.1016.2 the new release includes several bug fixes to help improve the overall app experience.

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Nov 06, 2014 WhatsApp to remain free in developing countries like India
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WhatsApp will continue to offer its service for free to users in developing countries like India. Vice-president for business development Neeraj Arora stated that low debit and credit card penetration was the main reason for not collecting the $1 annual fee the service charges users in North America and Europe.

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Nov 05, 2014 What are the blue check marks next to my messages in WhatsApp?
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What are the blue check marks next to my messages in WhatsApp?

Have you seen them? If you're on v2.11.967.2 then the chances are good you have and that has left many folks wondering exactly what they mean. As it turns out, they mean WhatsApp has finally enabled the ability to know whether or not your message was read after its been sent according to their updated FAQ section.

As we've mentioned in the past, WhatsApp has never had an indicator that showed whether or not your message was actually read when sent, unlike BBM, where the D represents that the message has been delivered to the phone while the R represents that the message has been read by the recipient, now though that has all changed for WhatsApp.

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Sep 29, 2014 WhatsApp brings further BlackBerry 10.3 compatibility with latest beta
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If you dig testing out beta apps, WhatsApp has a new one for you try out. Appearing in the BlackBerry Beta Zone right now is v2.11.930.2 of WhatsApp and while it's not a huge update, it brings a few bug fixes and improvements including some fixes for BlackBerry OS 10.3 users.

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Sep 26, 2014 MySmartPrice turns WhatsApp into a price comparison tool
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The price comparison website MySmartPrice is now enabling millions of consumers in India to check out better deals online, even when they have little connectivity. The web service will allow users to utilize WhatsApp, the massively popular cross-platform messenger, to make quick and speedy product price comparison searches.

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Jun 03, 2014 WhatsApp CEO mocks Apple for copying WhatsApp features in iOS 8; clearly forgets he systematically ripped off BBM feature by feature
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Having followed the mobile game for a longgggg time now, it's very clear that everybody copies everybody. Yes, some borrow more than others. And some do it quietly, while others get on stage and take credit for inventing features that have been around elsewhere for years.

Yesterday at Apple's WWDC conference, Tim Cook and his team got on stage and announced a bunch of new features in iOS 8. Some were innovative, while others clearly were "stolen". You can read our article here which sums up the new features in iOS 8 and highlights the ones that look BlackBerry 10 like.

Also joining in the fun of pointing out what Apple borrowed for iOS 8 was the recently-turned gabillionarie CEO of WhatsApp, Jan Koum. Following the event, Jan tweeted out on his personal account very flattering to see Apple "borrow" numerous WhatsApp features into iMessage in iOS 8 #innovation

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May 25, 2014 WhatsApp servers are down — it's not just you!
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It's not just you — WhatsApp servers are down!

WhatsApp, the incredibly popular instant messaging service recently purchased by Facebook for almost $20 bilion, is offline at the moment. So, yeah, it's not just you. It's the WhatsApp servers. There's no word yet on how long the outage will last, so let us know in the comments whether it's working for you yet, and if not, when it starts working again!

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May 23, 2014 Are you having WhatsApp issues since the last update? A fix is on the way
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It was only yesterday that we saw a welcome update for WhatsApp Messenger drop for BlackBerry 10 users. However, the word on the street it that some folk who are running OS versions below 10.2 may not now be able to open the application.

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May 22, 2014 WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 gets a fresh update
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While most of us CrackBerry readers will more than likely favor BBM over WhatsApp (and who can blame us) it's still an app that many of us use to stay in touch with our buddies on other platforms and today sees a new version of the app roll out for BlackBerry 10.

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Apr 08, 2014 WhatsApp pairs with German carrier e-Plus to launch new SIM deal
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The now Facebook-owned messaging service, WhatsApp has unveiled a new SIM deal in Germany. This prepaid SIM provides consumers with unlimited access to WhatsApp on top of agreed data limits. It's a milestone since this is the first time the popular service has partnered with carriers to sell a SIM package. If you're a massive fan of WhatsApp and use it on a daily basis, you may wish to read on and keep your eyes open for a similar deal in your region, should one be made available.

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Mar 12, 2014 A dark theme plus more arrives with the latest WhatsApp update for BlackBerry 10
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Being BlackBerry users I think it's safe to say that many of us have ditched using WhatsApp since BBM went cross platform. If you are still a user you'll want to hit up BlackBerry World where you'll find version 2.11.414.2. 

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Feb 24, 2014 Whatsapp to introduce voice services in Q2 this year
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We've already had some good instant messaging news today - that BBM will be coming to Windows Phone and the Nokia X platform, but it looks like the IM war is now in full swing. 

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Feb 22, 2014 It's not just you, WhatsApp is currently down
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If you're a WhatsApp user and having some issues with sending and receiving messages, you're not alone. As confirmed by WhatsApp, they are experiencing server issues right now and are expected to be back up shortly. In the meantime, get your $19B and Facebook jokes out in the comments below. We'll update when it comes back to life.

Annnnd... service restored.

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Feb 21, 2014 Here’s one way BlackBerry could become a huge consumer brand again
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At the start of this millennium BlackBerry did something amazing. They mobilized email. At the time it was rare to see a holstered RIM 850 or RIM 950 handheld …because the people who owned them were addicts. They were always sending and reading email on their devices. Ultimately this addictive nature of the product is what inspired Kevin to start CrackBerry in the first place.  That was a long time ago.

But we all know what happened after the iPhone and Android hit the market. BlackBerry started losing customers. Die hard messaging fanatics still prefer BlackBerry, but too many people have decided that they prefer a huge app store. And until recently, BlackBerry was isolated to BlackBerry hardware.  But not anymore. Now that BBM has gone cross platform, a whole new crowd of users has been exposed to the brand again.

Cross platform BBM has been a nice starting point, but it’s not enough. With Facebook buying WhatsApp and adding 1 million new chat users per day, BBM as a consumer tool has already lost the war. BlackBerry needs to disrupt the market with another cool solution, not try to fight a way bigger giant.

I can think of one way to do this. It’s about bringing voice to every email user in the world. This would go way beyond the 80 million BBM users.

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Feb 19, 2014 Facebook to acquire WhatsApp for $16 billion
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If you're a WhatsApp user, you may be interested in knowing that Facebook has now entered into agreements to purchase WhatsApp for a reported $16 billion. According to documents filed with SEC, the financial details will break down like this, $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares. The agreement also provides for an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over four years subsequent to closing.

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Jan 29, 2014 WhatsApp gets a color change, Hub icon support and more in latest update
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I am a little biased when it comes to instant messaging apps, as I'm sure most BlackBerry users are too. With almost everyone I used to chat to on Whatsapp now on BBM, I hardly use it anymore. But for those still using Whatsapp, it has received a nice little update. It has been given a little color makeover and you'll also find some nice chat bubble changes in there too.

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Oct 31, 2013 WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 updated - Brings new account management and image improvements
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Now that BBM has gone cross-platform it seems as though every messaging app out there has been pushing some sort of big update to pull some of the attention away. WhatsApp is the latest, having now release version 2.11.134.2 onto BlackBerry World. The change log, while small, brings some long awaited features and improvements to the mix that are sure to please users.

  • Large photo thumbnails on the chat screen.
  • Account management features: Change my number, Delete my account

The larger images and changing your number is certainly among the most wanted features and while I'm positive all the BBM users out there can think of entirely too many jokes about why the 'delete my account' feature has now been added, I'll leave that one alone and just say it's a nice addition for anyone looking to move away from the service. The update is live now in BlackBerry World.

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Oct 29, 2013 Whatsapp down for you again? Tell your friends to go get BBM!
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It looks like Whatsapp is once again having some issues and is down for most users. It seems to be causing quite a ruckus with users, so if you have any friends that have yet to make the switch to BBM, now may be the perfect time. 

BBM is alive and well on iOS and Android, so all you need to do is point your Whatsapp-loving contacts to BBM.com and then can get back to chatting again right now. 

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Oct 23, 2013 More security issues with Whatsapp - Another reason why BBM is best!
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Over the past few years Whatsapp has served me well in communicating with friends on other platforms. But now that we have BBM cross-platform Whatsapp can no longer be found on my BlackBerry 10 device. One of the questions I have run into with buddies who I have told to download BBM is "what makes it better than Whatsapp?"

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Oct 09, 2013 Your WhatsApp conversations may not be as safe as you think
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A post popped up yesterday from Thijs Alkemade, a computer science and mathematics student at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. The post outlines a bit of the core encryption methods of WhatsApp, highlighting a few of the technical aspects of the service and also noting some big vulnerabilities. 

If you can follow along with the original post, you can see that Thijs runs through two "mistakes" that WhatsApp uses in its methods, both of which are able to be exploited if someone has the know-how. Ultimately he determines that your WhatsApp messages can be decrypted given enough effort by a would-be snoop. 

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Sep 25, 2013 Game on: Google search trends shows BBM has a real shot at scoring in the multi-platform Instant Messaging game
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Long time readers of CrackBerry know I'm a big fan of analytics and have often looked to Google Trends to gain insight into the demand for things like phones and apps. For the most part, looking at Google Trends data over the years has provided a pretty good representation of actual demand over time in the mobile realm, especially when comparing multiple items in a similar category.

With BBM's almost-launch this weekend, I was waiting for Google Trends date to come in so we could get a first impression of how it stands to fare against other multi-platform competitors in the mobile instant messaging space, including the likes of WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat and Snapchat. We know BBM has a large existing install base on BlackBerry Smartphones to the tune of 60 million active users, and we know this past weekend it drove over 1 million downloads on iOS/Android before the launch was halted. The almost-launch also caused a nice big spike on Google Trends.

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Sep 12, 2013 WhatsApp vs. BBM - cross-platform messaging head-to-head
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WhatsApp and BBM

For many, WhatsApp has become the standard way to chat with friends. Sure, there are more pervasive networks like Facebook and Google Talk, err, Hangouts, but WhatsApp has in no uncertain terms filled the gap of a cross-platform BBM over the last couple of years. Now that that BlackBerry Messenger is finally launching on iOS and Android, will WhatsApp automatically become defunct, or do they have too much of a head start at this point for BBM to catch up? We’re going to put BBM and WhatsApp head-to-head to figure out which comes out on top.

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Aug 07, 2013 Now there is no excuse. BBM must include push to talk
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Last night we got wind that the cross platform mobile instant messaging leader, WhatsApp, has been rolling push to talk (PTT) into the application. Bla1ze already gave you a quick rundown on this news.

The comments have been pretty harsh, which isn’t surprising considering this is an enthusiast site, and you all know BBM is going cross platform soon. We all get that WhatsApp, while it is an app on our beloved platform, is also a competitor. Many of you took to the comments to blast WhatsApp for creating “a shortcut for voice notes”, an old feature.

If you’ve ever used a Walkie Talkie before, or a Nextel PTT phone, then you understand the power of simplicity. Push a button, hold the button, and talk. That’s it. There isn’t even a “send” button to worry about.

My first experience with a PTT app was Voxer. I found the tool to be so amazing that it prompted me to write about why I think BBM should introduce push to talk. Some of you argued that voice notes was good enough. Seriously, this is the problematic attitude that I sometimes see within BlackBerry itself. I often criticize them for accepting mediocrity. If we send the message that voice notes is an acceptable substitute to PTT, we train the company to keep settling for less than the best. That is no way to reclaim a throne.

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