messaging apps

Obituaries

AIM Will Enter Instant Messenger Heaven on December 15

AOL is putting up a permanent away message on one of the most important messaging services of all time.
Jason Koebler
10.6.17
Digital Dollars

A Messaging App for Ethereum Just Raised $44 Million With Barely An Alpha

The company is hoping that its user-friendly app design will help bring cryptocurrency to the masses.
Corin Faife
6.20.17
Peekaboo

Building a Database of WhatsApp Users Can Be Pretty Easy

A researcher showed how it’s possible to grind through phone numbers, see if the person is using WhatsApp, and then grab some user details.
Joseph Cox
5.15.17
What Is Even Happening

Google's Ripping Text Messages Out of Hangouts, But You Have Options

The search giant wants Hangouts to become a Slack-like chat app for teams, and is consequently stripping out features intended for everyday people.
David Bixenspan
3.24.17
apps

Crypto Experts Say Discussed WhatsApp Feature Is Not a Backdoor

Around 30 cryptographers, security researchers and technical experts have signed an open letter to The Guardian.
Joseph Cox
1.20.17
Facebook

This Facebook Messenger Chatbot Tells You a Short Story

The short story LOST examines a new form of interactive storytelling that uses a chatbot.
Grennan Milliken
12.22.16
SmartPhones

Signal Claims Egypt Is Blocking Access to Encrypted Messaging App

According to Open Whisper Systems, Egypt is censoring access to the encrypted messaging app.
Joseph Cox
12.19.16
security

From WhatsApp to Hawala, How the Taliban Moves Money Around

The insurgents use apps such as Telegram, Viber, and WhatsApp, to solicit donations, backed by an old value transfer system.
Austin Bodetti
11.15.16
short circuit

Don't Worry, Here's How You Can Disable Twitter DM Read Receipts

Do. Not. Want.
Ben Sullivan
9.8.16
Facebook

Facebook Slapped With FTC Complaint Over WhatsApp Data Grab

Consumer groups urge the feds to crack down on Facebook’s latest privacy breach.
Sam Gustin
8.29.16
security

After DNC Hack, Staffers Told to Use 'Snowden-Approved' App, Signal

Signal isn't only for scrappy hacktivists and privacy wonks.
Janus Kopfstein
8.27.16
Facebook

Facebook’s WhatsApp Data Gambit Faces Federal Privacy Complaint

Memo to Facebook and WhatsApp users: You are the product.
Sam Gustin
8.26.16
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