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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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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Aug 06, 2013 As BBM prepares to go cross-platform, WhatsApp rolls out voice-messaging
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While BlackBerry is making some headlines with the news of BBM coming to Android and iOS, the other players in the instant messaging market aren't slowing down their pace either. In fact, one could get away with saying they're ramping up their efforts in a seemingly appropriately timed manner.

Such is the case with WhatsApp, who has now started to roll out voice-messaging on iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Phone. According to our friends over at WPCentral, the addition of voice messaging doesn't require an app update as it all appears to be done server side but for now, the options are showing on a small number of devices. 

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Aug 01, 2013 The dirty BIG secret of WhatsApp... the second check mark does NOT mean your message has been read!
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Did Adam read that? I don't know!

As BlackBerry gets set to take its native BBM instant messaging service cross-platform to Android and iOS, there's no doubt the incumbent it wants to crush is WhatsApp. Over the last couple of years WhatsApp has grown to have a huge base of users across platforms and around the world. Jump into any phone app store, and WhatsApp will always be near the top of the list. 

WhatsApp has been successful because it gained critical mass in filling a void that BBM could have and arguably should have done years ago. Anybody who's used BBM and watched the rise of WhatsApp knows WhatsApp essentially ripped off BBM in form and function, and has been playing catch up to BBM on a feature by feature basis. Most people I know don't love WhatsApp - they simply tolerate it, as it gets the job done well enough for the most part. The thing is, it really doesn't.

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Jul 18, 2013 Will the masses abandon WhatsApp when BBM goes cross platform?
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Yesterday we saw that the very popular cross-platform mobile IM app WhatsApp updated its pricing model for the iPhone. What was once a $0.99 download is now a free download. But it’s only free for the first year, after which the subscription to keep using it costs $0.99 per year.

Is this a good change for WhatsApp? And what does it mean for BlackBerry’s potential to gain customers on cross-platform BBM this summer?  Seems like something worth talking about.

If we look at this pricing move in isolation, I think it would normally be a good thing for WhatsApp. Making the download free rather than charging money is bound to get you more downloads. And paying $0.99 one time versus paying that same amount every year is still peanuts. It’s as close to free as possible without actually being free.

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Jul 02, 2013 WhatsApp updated with slew of fixes and tweaks
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Cross-platform messaging client WhatsApp has had a beefy update just in time for Talk Mobile's social week. Here's a run-down of the changelog for version v2.10.89455.1 of WhatsApp.

  • Group Info Screen content is now fully scrollable, for better usability
  • Account Info screen now looks nicer and has direct payment buttons
  • Added basic media thumbnail browser to Group Info and Contact Info screens
  • User is now notified if they try to send a message to a blocked contact, and prevented from sharing to a blocked contact
  • Added an option to the Media Settings screen for setting a custom chat wallpaper
  • Group chats now open to the last read message, and show an "Unread messages" separator bar
  • Outgoing message status indicator now shown in the corner of the active frame
  • Contact picker now supports peek when shown from the hub or a Share action
  • Chat screen now appears more quickly and smoothly from the hub
  • Various bug fixes for hub integration

WhatsApp users, are any major changes here leaping out for you? 

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Apr 25, 2013 WhatsApp Messenger updated with bug fixes and support for BlackBerry 10.1
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Although I'm sure many folks have already grabbed the update, just in case you missed it, the latest update for WhatsApp Messenger is now live in BlackBerry World. If you're looking to update, it should be showing as version 2.9.5773.0. As for what's included with this release, you'll find support for BlackBerry 10.1 along with the BlackBerry Q10 but that's not all, other fixes include:

  • Added ability to add or remove items from the favorites list
  • Added clear conversation action to chat screens
  • Added call action to contact lists
  • Various bug fixes
  • Thai language added

A nice update all around for WhatsApp users and pleasing to know that if you're moving into a BlackBerry Q10 WhatsApp will be supported right from the get-go. Grab the link below to get the update on your smartphone now.

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Apr 10, 2013 WhatsApp Messenger rolling out yet another update - v2.9.4951 now available
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Another update to the BlackBerry 10 app is now live and ready for your downloading pleasure

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Apr 02, 2013 WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 gets updated - Get it while it's hot!
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Good news for you WhatsApp users on BlackBerry 10. The app has now been updated to version 2.9.3997.0 and along with it comes some nice fixes and improvements.

I for one have been using WhatsApp a ton since we got it on BlackBerry 10. For me it's the perfect way to keep in touch with buddies around the world that for some strange reason still use another OS. I also seem to recall seeing something in our forums regarding Verizon now supporting WhatsApp too. Lots of happy BlackBerry 10 customers!

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Mar 19, 2013 WhatsApp updated to v2.9.3997.0 for BlackBerry 10 devices
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The latest version pushes WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 into v2.9.3997.0

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