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Facebook turns WhatsApp into a shopping hub with virtual storefronts

Facebook has slowly but surely been looking for ways to monetize its investment in WhatsApp, adding new severalfeatures for businesses over the past few years. Now the company is turning it into a straight-up shopping hub — in a few countries, at least.Facebook introduced Shops in 2020 as a way to turn Facebook and Instagram pages into digital storefronts, with a particular emphasis on small businesses. The company noted at the […]

todayJune 23, 2021 2


How to play irritating WhatsApp voice messages faster

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.Voice messages are a divisive form of communication. Their devotees say they create a more personal connection, feel more natural than writing, and convey emotion better than mere text. They’re also helpful for people who have difficulties texting (who are obviously exempt from the criticisms that […]

todayJune 5, 2021 4


Yalo raises $50M to build ‘c-commerce’ services for chat apps like WhatsApp – 98bmp

Facebook has long been working on raising WhatsApp’s profile as a channel for businesses to interact with (and sell to) their customers. Today, a startup that has built a suite of tools for retailers and others to build and run those services over WhatsApp and other messaging platforms is announcing growth funding to address that opportunity. Yalo, which describes itself as a c-commerce (“chat commerce”) startup building tools for businesses […]

todayMay 26, 2021 1


This WhatsApp auto-responder will tell your contacts you’ve changed messaging services

In January, WhatsApp introduced its new privacy policy through a pop-up to its users. The changed policy, which aims to create leeway for better business communication and data exchange between Facebook apps, drew a lot of criticism.After delaying the rollout a few times, the policy will finally come into effect on May 15. If you choose not to accept it, WhatsApp will slowly take away core functionalities such as accessing […]

todayMay 12, 2021


WhatsApp ‘flaw’ lets anyone lock you out of the app — but it’s complicated

A new loophole in WhatsApp‘s authentication system allows an attacker to lock you out of the app, or in other words, deactivate your account. This sounds scary if you use the app frequently, but it’s worth noting the process to pull this off is fairly complicated and takes about 36 hours to execute.Earlier this week, security researchers Luis Márquez Carpintero and Ernesto Canales Pereña shared their discovery of this flaw through an article in Forbes. Here’s how […]

todayApril 13, 2021 2


Charles raises €6.4M seed to bring ‘conversational commerce’ to WhatsApp – 98bmp

Charles, a Berlin-based startup that offers a “conversational-commerce” SaaS for businesses that want to sell on WhatsApp and other chat apps, has raised €6.4 million in funding. Led by Accel and HV Capital, the seed funding will be used by the company to scale and meet existing demand for its conversational commerce platform. Launched in 2020 by Artjem Weissbeck and Andreas Tussing after the pair had run a year-long experiment […]

todayApril 6, 2021 3


Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger are down (Update: they’re back)

Update (7:30 PM CET): The services seem to be returning to normal now. Hope you enjoyed the break. Our original report follows. Make invaluable connections Connect with other high-level marketing leaders JOIN BOOST ONLINE EVENT WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger have gone down for users around the world. Thousands of users have reported problems accessing the Facebook-owned apps to outage tracking website DownDetector. Facebook is yet to provide any official response […]

todayMarch 20, 2021


WhatsApp finally brings voice and video calls to desktop

After months of beta testing, WhatsApp today finally launched voice and video calls on its desktop app. The app only supports one-to-one calls for now, but the company plans to add group calls in the future. All the calls are end-to-end encrypted to keep your secrets safe from devious eavesdroppers. The new feature will help the platform capitalize on the explosive growth in video calls since the COVID-19 outbreak. Downloads of video conferencing […]

todayMarch 4, 2021 2