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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# WhatsApp

All time
# the death of the text
Ireland ditches texting for web messaging as phones continue to outnumber people
The number of people in Ireland texting fell by 24.5% from this time last year according to new figures from ComReg.
# Competition Law
EU continues to quiz rivals over Facebook's WhatsApp deal
A second wave of questionnaires have been sent out to Facebook and WhatsApp’s rivals as the EU tries to identify the difference between a social network and a messaging app.
# strong growth
What backlash? WhatsApp is still going strong as it crosses 600 million mark
The instant messaging app continues to grow, despite concerns that Facebook’s ownership would cause users to abandon it.
# Quiz time
Questions are being asked about Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp
The EU is questioning Facebook’s rivals over its purchase of WhatsApp, which could end up being a test case for applying EU competition law to social media.
# old school
The most popular messaging service among Irish adults isn't WhatsApp or Viber...
It’s actually one that’s been around much longer.
# Changes
PayPal's president moves to Facebook to run its messaging products
The move will see David Marcus will be responsible for Facebook Messenger, but he will not be responsible for WhatsApp.
# wwdc for dopes
Apple for dopes: 11 things to know about the new iPhone announcements
Feeling like a bit of an Apple dummy? We’re here to help
# Antitrust
Facebook tries to avoid future headaches by asking EU to review WhatsApp deal
The review, if it goes ahead, could help Facebook avoid potential antitrust reviews from multiple EU member states.
# Extradition
Iranian judge summons Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg over privacy complaints
However, no extradition treaty exists between Iran and the United States, so Zuckerburg is unlikely to appear.
# Court
Police officer who sent extreme porn to colleagues fined £6,000
The 37-year-old avoided jail time for sending the videos and photographs, which included scenes showing defecation.
# Prime Numbers
The Wolf of Wall Street, Jameson, and Pope John Paul II: The week in numbers
Plus: How many letters and packages does An Post deal with in an average week?
# halfway point
WhatsApp CEO vows to keep things simple after hitting 500 million users mark
The app now sees more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos shared through it every day as it aims to reach one billion users.
# South Africa
Oscar Pistorius wails in witness box as he recalls night of shooting
A raft of text messages between Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp were read out in court today.
# Prime Numbers
Eircom bills, David Letterman, and WhatsApp: The week in numbers
Plus: How many Irish people are treated every year for alcohol abuse?
# busy network
Whatsapp experiences busiest day as it handled 64 billion messages in 24 hours
More than 20 billion messages were sent and 44 billion messages were received through the app in the space of 24 hours.
# set the record straight
WhatsApp co-founder assures users their privacy won't be affected by Facebook deal
The company’s co-founder Jan Koum said its goal is “knowing as little about you as possible” and it wouldn’t have accepted Facebook’s offer if they had to compromise its principles.
# Loophole
Security flaw on Android version of WhatsApp could leave user chats exposed
The flaw would allow another app to access a user’s entire database of chats by accessing their SD card.
Column: Children don't understand the consequences of sexting
Children as young as 10 have engaged in ‘sexting’ – sending explicit images or texts to another person — but they are distanced from the reality of what they are doing, writes Dr Maureen Griffin.
# Speculation
Turns out Google didn't bid for WhatsApp after all
The company’s senior vice president, Sundar Pichai, said that reports of it bidding $10 billion for the service were “simply untrue.”
# shots fired
LINE adds 2 million new users after WhatsApp outage, and rubs it in
And we mean it *really* rubbed it in.
# Questions
WhatsApp, data compression and Snapchat: What we learned from Zuckerberg's keynote
While the focus was on WhatsApp and its $19 billion valuation, Mark Zuckerberg touched upon a number of issues that will be important further down the line.
# knock-on effect
The knock-on effect: WhatsApp rival adds 8m users in 4 days
Telegram Messenger, a messaging app that focuses on privacy, saw almost five million users sign up on Saturday after WhatsApp experienced an outage.
# constant chatter
WhatsApp's first move after its deal with Facebook? Adding voice calls
WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum says that the new feature will arrive as early as April.
# Week in Web
Weird Wide Web: Skyping with your dog, kiddie smartwatches and falling in love
All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.
# whats oops
WhatsApp apologises after 'server issues' affect millions worldwide
The messaging service was bough by Facebook for $16 billion last week.
# wb hun
10 ancient texting traumas that are now a thing of the past
The prehistoric times before WhatsApp.
# Messaging
Explainer: After WhatsApp, where do messaging apps go from here?
With the purchase of WhatsApp and Viber, the rush for messaging apps has begun, but what else is out there?
WhatsApp billionaire was rejected by Facebook AND Twitter in the past
The lousers.
# what's that?
BBC's amazing WhatsApp Twitter typo
WHAT’S Mark Zuckerberg paying for?
# Big Bucks
Facebook buys WhatsApp message service for $16billion
The deal includes $4 billion in cash and $12 billion in stock.
# whassssaaaaaaap
These are the worst things people do in a WhatsApp group
Come on people, be sound!
50 billion instant messages expected to be sent each day in 2014
The figure is more than twice the number of text messages expected to be sent in 2014.
# stay in touch
Explainer: Why are the major social media sites trying to break into mobile messaging?
With younger users moving towards apps like Viber, WhatsApp, and Line, the traditional social media sites are trying to bring them back.
# Net Neutrality
EU wants to ban mobile networks from blocking Skype over 3G
The European Commission wants to guarantee net neutrality by stopping carriers from selectively blocking services.